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Schools – Magdeburg:Independent after-school care providers and schools: Alleged disadvantage

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Magdeburg (dpa / sa) – The Association of German Private Schools (VDP) Saxony-Anhalt complains about the alleged disadvantage of the independent after-school care and school providers in promoting investments in the infrastructure of all-day care for primary school children. Because the corresponding funding guideline of the state was published belatedly from the point of view of the VDP, the independent sponsors would hardly be able to implement the requirements formulated therein. The VDP state manager Jürgen Banse said on Tuesday in Magdeburg.

Saxony-Anhalt will receive more than 20.6 million euros from the agreement concluded between the federal government and the states at the end of December 2020 for an investment program to accelerate the infrastructure expansion of all-day care for primary school children. The guideline for the country was only published on May 10th, so the printed edition did not reach the after-school and primary school authorities until the Whitsun holidays as a rule.

The rural districts and independent cities as public youth welfare agencies would, however, have to issue approval notices to the applicant school and after-school care providers by June 30th. In addition, the investments for the new construction, expansion or conversion as well as for refurbishments, renovations or equipment in the area of ​​all-day care would have to be completed by the end of the year. “With the exception of the procurement of equipment, this is unlikely to be feasible for most carriers,” explained Banse.

“We will observe very closely to what extent the independent providers of after-school care centers and all-day elementary schools are taken into account in the implementation of the funding program in our country.” Banse appealed to the state to work in the federal-state round to extend the deadlines set and to significantly reduce the bureaucracy of the funding guidelines.

According to its own information, the VDP Sachsen-Anhalt represents the interests of general and vocational schools in private ownership as well as private adult education service providers as a denominational and politically neutral professional association. It currently includes 90 providers of such educational institutions with more than 180 branches.

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