"What is still missing is a uniform concept of how schools can succeed in times of the pandemic," said the deputy chairwoman of the SPD parliamentary group, Bärbel Bas, of the "editorial network Germany" (Thursday editions). The SPD accuses Karliczek that the federal funds from the so-called Digital Pact School are not flowing out quickly enough because bureaucratic hurdles are too high.
"The schools now need the money through the digital pact and not in a few months or even years," said Bas. "A quick solution is needed, which Karliczek should develop together with the Conference of Ministers of Education," the SPD politician continued. “The money is there and can now help to simplify everyday school life in the midst of the corona pandemic. Instead of home schooling, which relies on active parenting work, a mixture of face-to-face teaching and e-learning at home is needed, ”she added. In addition, Bas asked for financial support for families who could not afford to buy new digital devices. "We also need a support program for children and young people from financially weak families in order to overcome the digital divide in schools," she said. “It shouldn't be the parents' wallet that determines whether the children can catch up on funding arrears. Here, too, the Minister of Education, Karliczek, is in demand. ”During the corona crisis, it became clear that German schools are sometimes far behind when it comes to digitization and electronic learning compared to other countries.