students should be able to get from the middle of 2019, significantly more student loan. The Federal government wants to spend for such a Reform by 2022, more than 1.8 billion euros.

The maximum percentage of the total is expected to rise from the winter semester of 2019 of € 735 in two levels by 2020 to a total of around 850 Euro. Him students not living with parents, and even health insurance.

The draft law of the Minister of education, Anja Karliczek (CDU), which is present the German press Agency in Berlin. The plans are this Friday, the topic of a hearing of associations in the Federal Ministry of education in Berlin. Critics you are not ambitious enough.

THE PLANNED REFORM:

The maximum sentence is made up of three components: The basic requirement is to first of all rise to five and then to two percent. Disproportionately raised the residential surcharge should be for not living with their parents at the end of students from 250 to 325 euros. To increase the supplements for the health and nursing care insurance.

It is also intended to benefit more young people from the Bafög. The allowances for the income of the parents should be raised in three steps up to 2021 to a total of 16 percent.

The exemption amount for private assets is to be raised in 2020, currently at 7500 to 8200 euros. The Assets allowances for apprentices with maintenance obligations in respect of their own spouses, life partners and children will increase from 2100 to 2300 euros.

Who was promoted should not have to fear also a life-long debt. So those should be the remainder of the debt issued, which are not able to repay the loan portion of the Bafög, despite efforts, due to the poor economic conditions within the next 20 years. Previously, you had to pay back half the money, and a maximum of 10,000 euros, in monthly Installments.

Instead of the student loans as interest-bearing Bank loans of the development Bank KfW to pay to the state, starting in the winter semester 2019/2020 as an interest-free loan ready.

the REASON FOR THE REFORM:

The number of Bafög-recipients has been falling for years. In the year 2017, about 225,000 students and of 557,000 students received, according to the Federal statistical office, the state education funding – a total of about 41,000, or five percent less than the year before. As per head, but more has been paid out, increased state spending by about 70 million to 2.9 billion euros.

Five years earlier, 308.000 students and 671.000 students Bafög received. In light of this significant decline in the CDU, CSU and SPD had agreed in the coalition agreement, “to achieve by 2021 a reversal of the trend”.

REACTIONS:

The Secretary General of Deutsches Studentenwerk Achim Meyer auf der Heyde, they can imagine according to their own statements, that the Reform is actually more young people to benefit from the Bafög. “For a real trend for greater improvements are necessary,” he told the German press Agency.

Meyer auf der Heyde, in particular, from his point of view to a small increase in the requirement rates criticized. The basic package should not only rise from 399 to 427 Euro, but must be between 500 and 550 Euro so that the demand will be met. In addition, the higher housing is likely to study in a lump sum, especially for beginners in the case of new lettings hardly suffice, he said. The Federal government should not depend on the rising of living allowance in addition to the great bell. “Because landlords may be encouraged to take higher Rents.”

Meyer auf der Heyde also criticised that the government does not want to submit your next Bafög report, as planned in the autumn, but not until 2021. On the Basis of the developments described in the case of prices and income, the exemption amounts and rates could be increased earlier, a further increase in the rates threatens now to fail. Meyer auf der Heyde welcomed, however, the planned three-stage increase in the exemption amounts.

The Green education expert Kai Gehring has accused the CDU and the SPD, to have the student loans by numerous zero and doing nothing in an all-time low across. “Minister Karliczek is not ironed out with this amendment, the failures of the last few years,” said Gehring of the dpa. “The negative spiral to the Bafög is finally broken,” he said. Funding rates and exemption amounts would have to rise to the next Semester by at least ten percent. The residential funding should be regionally differentiated. In the Bundestag had to be made from the plans for a “half-baked Reform” is now a real progress.

dpa

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.

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