Before the school summit in the Chancellery, Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek (CDU) appealed to all of them to help keep the school going during the corona pandemic.

"The well-known hygiene rules should be observed by all those involved in school operations, even in their free time," said Karliczek. This is particularly important for society as a whole.

School is not an isolated event.

"As a result of its behavior, society has a lot of control over how school operations will run in the next few months," said the minister.


On Monday evening, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), Federal Minister of Education Karliczek, SPD leader Saskia Esken and other federal politicians want to discuss the challenges for schools and daycare centers and how to proceed in the corona pandemic with the ministers of education.

In addition to an exchange about hygiene and infection protection measures, there should be further steps in school digitization and the further training of teachers in dealing with digital media.

Esken also brought free tutoring for disadvantaged students on the weekend.

At their first meeting at the beginning of August, Merkel, Esken and some countries agreed that teachers should be equipped with work laptops, schoolchildren should receive cheap flat rates and schools should be connected to fast internet.

In the evening, the Chancellery will also discuss the further implementation of these projects.

The measures are to be financed from the EU's Corona development program.

But that doesn't even exist yet.

According to dpa information, it could now be a matter of the federal government and the states advance the money so that it goes faster.

Merkel: Children and young people should not be losers from the pandemic

The federal states are actually responsible for the topics of school and daycare.

Chancellor Merkel called the summit "an important meeting" in her video podcast over the weekend.

It is now a matter of "doing everything together to ensure that children and young people are not the losers of the pandemic. This is also very important to me personally," she said and urged rapid progress in the digitization of schools.

"We need them as an indispensable addition to face-to-face teaching," said Merkel in her video podcast.

In the spring the schools were closed for weeks due to the corona pandemic.

For this reason, at times only online lessons were held.

There are still restrictions at the schools in the new school year.

The federal and state governments want to avoid renewed nationwide school closings like in the spring.

Bavaria's minister of education, Michael Piazolo (FreieWähler), said: "The entire school family agrees that we will maintain classroom teaching and no longer want schools to be closed."

As Federal Minister Karliczek emphasized, the start of the new school year was overall satisfactory.

"But autumn and winter will bring new challenges for school operations."

DGB also calls for continuing education and universities to be considered

Trade unions and teachers' associations have great expectations of the school summit.

So said Elke Hannack, deputy chairwoman of the German Trade Union Federation (DGB), talking about schools and digital equipment could only be a first step.

"We need a real Corona education summit this autumn, because the Corona crisis is affecting day-care centers, schools, vocational training, further education and universities alike." The employees in the education system, parents, schoolchildren, students and trainees would also have to have their say.

The German Association of Philologists, which represents high school teachers, called for ventilation concepts for all schools in view of the likely increasing number of infections in winter.

"This ranges from the simple repair of windows that cannot be opened to mobile room fans to short-term structural ventilation measures", said chairwoman Susanne Lin-Klitzing.

The federal government must provide appropriate financial aid for this.