Status: 27.03.2021 5:10 p.m.
Education Minister Karliczek wants to spend one billion euros to bring students back to the necessary level with tutoring. The teachers’ association finds that too little. He reckons with double the amount.
The German Teachers’ Association (DL) estimates that about two billion euros will be necessary for the project to work through corona-related learning deficits. Previously, Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek had brought up a “tuition billion” for students with learning backlogs.
“In the future, many children and young people will need accompanying support offers, for example in the form of additional afternoon lessons or digital tutoring,” said DL President Heinz-Peter Meidinger of the dpa news agency. For the majority of students, the corona-related learning deficits could be made up for in the next two school years. For at least 20 percent of the students, he assumes that the Corona crisis has resulted in a greatly increased need for support. “We have concerns about whether they can even catch up on the material they have missed.”
“Not working on deficits in a few weeks and months”
According to Meidinger, between 300 and 600 face-to-face lessons per student have now been omitted, depending on the state, type of school and infection level. He therefore expects that learning support will have to run for more than just one school year. “It’s a long haul and not just a temporary grant that you can tick off after a few weeks and months.”
The Institut der Deutschen Wirtschaft (IW) recently announced similar figures. According to a report by the “Rheinische Post”, the study by the employer-related institute assumes around 1.5 million schoolchildren for whom the crisis has created a greatly increased need for support. The authors expect an average funding requirement of around 100 hours per affected student – and thus come to a funding amount of 1.5 billion euros.
Learning status surveys planned in core subjects
Karliczek had previously announced that he would spend one billion euros on a nationwide tutoring program. The CDU politician told the newspapers of the “Funke Media Group” that there should be surveys of learning levels in the core subjects at the end of this school year in all federal states.
The SPD-led states propose to offer around one in five of the eleven million pupils additional lessons – either two hours per week over a whole school year or four hours over half a school year. Karliczek said: “20 to 25 percent of students are likely to have a long learning curve – perhaps even dramatic ones.”
Funding offers for the new school year
Karliczek gave further details of the planned federal-state program: By the new school year at the latest, additional support offers would be made available, which should relate to core subjects such as German, math and possibly also the first foreign language. The target group of the program are primarily schoolchildren who are about to switch – either to a secondary school or to an apprenticeship. There should be initial offers as early as the summer holidays.
Corona: Education Minister Karliczek promotes tutoring programs for schools
Markus Sambale, ARD Berlin, March 27, 2021 2:34 p.m.