One billion euros from the federal government

Berlin. The federal government wants to continue to work to ensure that children and young people can catch up on learning deficits caused by the coronavirus pandemic. This was announced by Federal Education Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger (FDP) on Tuesday in Berlin.

“Now we should further increase our efforts in implementation,” said the minister. “We owe that to the children and young people.” She said this at the presentation of the interim report on the action program “Catching up after Corona for children and young people”.

According to the report, the school closures have caused major learning gaps, psychological stress and other social disadvantages. In mathematics and the natural sciences alone, the learning deficit is 10 to 13 weeks. The gaps are even larger for children who grow up in more difficult social conditions. As part of the Corona catch-up program, the federal government has provided one billion euros to reduce learning deficits.

The President of the Conference of Ministers of Education, Karin Prien (CDU), emphasized that the joint efforts of the federal and state governments should help students with various offers to be able to return to normality.

The state programs and the federal action program laid the foundation for additional staff to come to the schools. Teachers, together with many other supporting forces and professions at the schools, made sure that the students got out of the pandemic safely. (KNA)