Berlin (dpa) - After the “school summit” because of the Corona crisis in the Federal Chancellery, participants are satisfied with the results and the cooperation between the federal and state governments.
"The states are realizing more and more that the federal government, with its enormous financial power, is promoting things that we would probably not have been able to get on the way alone in twice the time in the states," said Hamburg's education senator Ties Rabe (SPD) of the dpa.
On the other hand, criticism came from the Association of Education and Upbringing and from the FDP, who spoke of “declarations of intent” and “cosmetics” after the summit.
Bavaria's Minister of Culture Michael Piazolo (Free Voters) spoke of better networking between the federal and state levels after the meeting.
“It has also become clear that the federal government does not want to intervene in the state sovereignty over education, but if the Chancellor spends more than three hours on this topic, it shows that she takes it personally and that it is a has high priority. "
You can make good progress on many individual topics, said Hesse's Minister of Culture Alexander Lorz (CDU).
The meeting was attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek (CDU), Chancellery chief Helge Braun (CDU), SPD leader Saskia Esken and the ministers of education from 14 federal states.
Further steps to digitize schools were agreed.
However, this was mainly based on previously agreed projects.
SERVICE LAPTOPS FOR TEACHERS
Education unions had put pressure on the subject of service laptops for teachers because many had to use their private computers for distance learning in the Corona crisis.
At a meeting in August, it was finally agreed in principle in the Chancellery to purchase work laptops for the 800,000 teachers in Germany.
The federal government has now promised to provide the estimated 500 million euros faster than planned.
Critics had pointed out that there is no computer in some households and that teachers run the risk of violating data protection regulations when using their private computers if they save sensitive student data such as grades, certificates and other ratings on it.
MONEY FOR ADMINISTRATORS AT SCHOOLS
It was also confirmed that the federal government wants to contribute 500 million euros to the costs of training and financing IT administrators who are supposed to take care of the technology in the schools.
In addition, it was agreed to set up a nationwide education platform and so-called digital competence centers, in which teachers are to be trained in how to work with digital teaching materials.
The Union and SPD had already agreed on this at their coalition meeting at the end of August.
The exact design is still open.
According to Education Minister Karliczek, there has been progress on the subject of data flat rates for schoolchildren - another topic that was launched last month.
You have spoken with some telecommunications providers, others have now joined, "so that there should be a flat rate for all students, a data tariff for ten euros per month," said Karliczek after the meeting in the Chancellery.
The tariff should be free of charge for pupils in need, financed from the so-called education and participation package for families with low incomes.
Further details are not yet known.
REVIEW: NOT A BIG THROW
The education policy spokesman for the FDP parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Thomas Sattelberger, criticized the meeting in the Chancellery: The participants lacked any sense of the necessary speed in a crisis and the will to prevent another lost school year.
"Instead of messing up with cosmetics, the federal and state governments should now mess."
The chairman of the Association for Education, Udo Beckmann, was also critical.
The big hit did not materialize, he said.
He spoke of declarations of intent and a lack of awareness of the urgency of the situation.
The association, like the education and science union, had urged progress in infection protection with a view to the cold season and demanded uniform rules for the possible use of air filters and carbon dioxide measuring devices.
After the meeting in the Chancellery, the Rhineland-Palatinate Education Minister and Chairwoman of the Conference of Ministers of Education, Stefanie Hubig (SPD, announced a meeting with experts on ventilation hygiene this Wednesday, “in order to be able to advise on the basis of scientific expertise”. Lower Saxony's Minister of Education, Grant Hendrik Tonne ( SPD) had described the topic of ventilation as “central” in order to prevent schools from being closed again across the board.
In several federal states, schools have been temporarily closed or classes have been quarantined because of corona cases since the start of the new school year.
Education Minister Karliczek has now appealed again to help prevent closings by observing the hygiene rules: "All of us in the country cannot want the children to have to stay at home for weeks again."
To do this, everyone would have to show discipline.
"Celebrating at the expense of the children is not possible!", She told the dpa.
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