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8,500 euros per head

Slight increase in public school spending

As determined by the Federal Statistical Office, public budgets spent an average of 8,500 euros on the education of a student at a public school in 2020. That was a good 200 euros more than in 2019. According to the results, Berlin spent the highest sum for the learners of all federal states with 12,300 euros each. At the bottom of the table were Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Schleswig-Holstein, each with EUR 7,800, and North Rhine-Westphalia with EUR 7,500. The per capita expenditure was highest at integrated comprehensive schools. This is followed by high schools, elementary schools and vocational schools. According to the statisticians, the reason for the low expenses at vocational schools is that part-time teaching is more common there.

overcome inequalities

UNESCO World Education Report warns

In December last year, UNESCO presented its World Education Report 2021/22. This warns of increasing inequality due to high costs, insufficient state supervision and a lack of regulation of private educational institutions in many countries. Households in the least developed countries in particular spend a large proportion of their income on their children’s education or even take out loans to enable their children to attend school. UNESCO therefore calls, among other things, for equal opportunities to be consistently considered when financing education.

More support for learners

BAföG reform may already take effect in the winter semester 22/23

The number of students receiving BAföG has continued to fall in recent years. Because many students are not eligible according to the currently applicable guidelines of the Federal Training Assistance Act. The reform, which was already announced in the red-green-yellow coalition agreement, is intended to change that. The aim is to no longer align benefits primarily with family income. With a bit of luck, students, pupils and trainees can count on a BAföG increase this year. All that remains is for the reform to be finally approved by the government, the cabinet, the Bundestag and the Bundesrat.

Fewer people who remain seated

New transfer rules due to school closures due to Corona

In the 2020/21 school year, 93,100 learners repeated a grade at general schools. That was 50,500 fewer than in the previous school year, according to the Federal Statistical Office. The reason for this was, among other things, the changed transfer rules that many federal states introduced due to the pandemic situation. The changes provided that the promotion was often no longer linked to academic performance.

18 percent lousy

Gender Pay Gap 2021

In 2021, women in Germany earned less per hour than men – on average around 18 percent. The nationwide pay gap between women and men remained virtually unchanged compared to the previous year. But there is also good news: over the past 15 years, the so-called gender pay gap in Germany has decreased overall: in 2006, at 23 percent, it was 5 percentage points larger than in 2021. Incidentally, women in eastern Germany earned only 6 percent less per hour than men – so the difference there is much smaller than in western Germany (19 percent).

Graphic: Paula Kuchta

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