The outgoing President of the conference of education Ministers, Helmut Holter, has warned to put the digital Pact on ice. “The project cannot and must not fail,” said Thuringia’s Minister of education in Erfurt. The Left-politicians, but expects delays.
For the digitalization of schools in Germany should flow from 2019 to around five billion euros to the Länder. This should be changed on the basic law, since education is a matter for the country. The countries in favour of a clause in the proposed Amendment and want to act on a conciliation Committee in the Federal Council post.
Holters assessment of the digital Pact is not necessarily tied to a change in the Constitution. “If the conciliation process should take, then the digital Pact would have to be started on a different legal basis,” he said. According to Holter, the Grand coalition in Berlin would take “a distance from what she has written down in the coalition agreement”. In his opinion, funding for the digitalization of schools without a constitutional amendment would be possible.
Basically, he was for a loosening of the so-called cooperation ban between the Federal and the länder. It is conceivable that the digital Pact of this constitutional amendment to decouple “and to bring the funds in a different way in the countries”. As a Left-wing politician, had spoken Holter in the past, the constitutional prohibition of Cooperation.
It was not in the interest of the countries and the schools, if the implementation of the digital Pact hinzöge for a long time, said Holter. Students and teachers wanted to finally “modern teaching with modern educational media”. The Signal going through the delay to the people, is a devastating.
Originally, the money for the digitisation of the schools should flow from 2019. Now, in the middle of next year, is mentioned as a possible start date. In any case, Helmut Holter will no longer be President of the conference of Ministers of education: From 2019, the Hessian Minister of education Alexander Lorz (CDU).
Prime Minister of lower Saxony Stephan Weil’s own words, of a difficult process of unification. “This is not an easy placement, but lower Saxony is in this process with a great deal of good will and a strong Dose of pragmatism”, said the SPD politician of the German press Agency.
Holters designated successor Lorz was optimistic that the Bundestag and the Federal Council can agree in the conciliation procedure. This is already managed in other mediation procedure between the Bundestag and the Bundesrat. “I am confident that this will also result in this case,” said Lorz of the German press Agency. How such a compromise could look like, could not yet say. “But that is the nature of such a mediation procedure.”
Also Lorz sees the debate as more than just a dispute about the education policy of the future. “It’s not even the digital Pact, that is only the external impetus.” It is much more about fundamental questions of Finance between the Federal government and the länder. The concerned government offices and the Minister of Finance. “The need to negotiate in the end the compromise.”