Berlin (dpa) – The Education and Science Union (GEW) has spoken out in favor of not staying seated this school year due to the Corona circumstances.
“An exceptional situation like the Corona crisis requires special regulations,” said GEW boss Marlis Tepe to the editorial network Germany (RND / Thursday). Schools and kindergartens are currently closed nationwide.
On this Thursday, however, important decisions could be made for children and their parents: The state of Baden-Württemberg wants to decide on the reopening of primary schools and daycare centers from next week. In addition, the federal and state governments should agree to the doubling of children’s illness days for parents in the Bundestag.
Because of the restrictions at schools and daycare centers, mothers and fathers with statutory health insurance will get 20 instead of 10 children’s illness days per parent this year, single parents 40 instead of 20 Give Federal Council.
The extra days should not only be used in closed schools and daycare centers. It is sufficient that access to the day-care center is restricted or that compulsory attendance is suspended – and that parents have also been asked not to bring their children to the day-care center. Parents who could theoretically work from home can also apply for child sickness benefit – but generally only if there is no other person in the household who can look after the child. Only those with statutory health insurance are entitled.
Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) and Education Minister Susanne Eisenmann (CDU) want to announce in the morning (10.45 a.m.) whether the restrictions in schools and daycare centers in Baden-Württemberg will be relaxed. Kretschmann had recently shown himself skeptical because the number of infections was not yet reliably falling. Eisenmann vehemently urges an opening.
With a relaxation, Baden-Württemberg, which follows a strict Corona course in many areas, would take a special path. At the beginning of the year, the federal and state governments extended the lockdown to schools and daycare centers until the end of January. However, the federal states are responsible for educational policy and can use their leeway here.
Regardless of the decision in Baden-Württemberg, the school year is already a very special one for the children and young people. Similar to the GEW, the Association of Education and Upbringing (VBE) advocated flexible evaluation of the performance and circumstances of the students by the teachers. “There will be no general corona bonus,” said VBE boss Udo Beckmann to the RND.
North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) has meanwhile prepared the population for a longer corona lockdown. «It’s absolutely clear: the situation is very serious. It would be wrong to rule something out now, ”said the applicant for the CDU federal chairmanship of the“ Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger ”(Thursday) when asked whether the restrictions apply until Easter in the worst case.
Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) made a similar statement on the ARD program “Maischberger”: In view of the high risk of infection, he believes “that we cannot lift all restrictions on February 1st. It’s very, very obvious. They will have to be extended. ” But he finds it difficult to talk about Easter or March today.
The vaccination strategy continues to cause discussions even after the debate in the Bundestag. “We need a national vaccination coordination office between the federal and state governments for all operational and logistical problems that are currently slowing down vaccinations,” said Green health expert Janosch Dahmen of the German press agency. Delivery times and quantities should be better agreed. Health Minister Spahn should set up such an office quickly, he should not shift the responsibility onto the federal states. “The vaccination readiness must increase,” said Dahmen. But it should also be clear: “Vaccinations are the long-term solution, the short-term ones are better protective measures such as expanding the home office and quick tests for self-application.” In Germany, more than 750,000 vaccine doses against the coronavirus have now been administered.
CDU chairman Laschet appealed to the staff of clinics and nursing homes to be piqued as well. «The willingness to vaccinate, especially among nurses, is still too low. That has to get a lot better. ” Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) triggered a debate on Tuesday about compulsory vaccination for nurses. The Marburger Bund doctors’ union does not believe in such an obligation and has described it as “wrong”. “The current demand for mandatory vaccination increases the skepticism among parts of the population,” said chairwoman Susanne Johna of the “Augsburger Allgemeine” (Thursday).
Stricter test obligations now apply to entries from countries with high numbers of corona infections. Anyone who has been in a risk area in the last ten days must show a negative test no later than 48 hours after entering Germany. This provides for a regulation from the Ministry of Health, which came into force on Thursday. In areas with a particularly high number of cases or if new, more contagious virus variants are circulating there, the test must be there before entry and be presented to the airline. In general, when entering from risk areas there is an obligation to go into quarantine after returning.
Which area falls into which category can be found on the website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). Areas with particularly high numbers of infections are currently regions in which there are more than 200 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. Compulsory testing had already been introduced for travelers from Great Britain and South Africa after a particularly contagious variant of the virus emerged there.