Despite the recent Bafög-Reform, the number of students has decreased with this state funding in recent years.

The decline had continued even in 2017, according to a reply from the Federal Ministry of education and training to a small request of the Greens in the Bundestag, the German press Agency in Berlin. In short, a new Reform of the Bafög adopted by the Federal Cabinet.

“Even with the planned amendment is not stopped, the loss of importance of the Bafög,” said the Green-education expert, Kai Gehring of the dpa citing the current draft law.

According to data from the government’s response and to previous government figures, the number of recipients decreased within four years by 2017, to nearly 180,000. According to the latest Figures to 2017 have been promoted around of 557,000 students and 225,000 students. Gehring spoke of a “fatal crash of this important equal opportunity law”. A the end of this development is not in sight.

Although, according to a draft law from the Minister of education, Anja Karliczek (CDU), by the Federal Cabinet, needy students and students from mid-2019, more student loans.

However, Gehring pointed out that the citizens should have according to the design by the new regulation merely added expense of 172,000 hours. So much time expected to spend students, pupils and parents in addition to Filling out student loan applications. At the latest, as of 2016, effective Bafög-amendment, but the government is expected to 580,000 hours of effort required for the 110,000 additional applicant. Consequently, the government do the math, this Time with only less than a third of applicants, so about 35,000, in addition, Funded, concluded Gehring.

the planned Reform of the Federal government to spend according to the draft law, by 2022, more than 1.8 billion euros. The maximum percentage of the total is expected to rise from the winter semester of 2019 in two stages to 2020 of € 735 to a total of around 850 Euro.

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.

Gehring criticised the plans as inadequate. “Hands-free amounts and rates of support to be free gradually, a little raised, the necessary structural changes, the Minister Karliczek grabs in the first place – for example, the regular increase in the support of care of students or the promotion of an orientation semester.”

As the government’s response reveals, only very few people Bafög online. By June, 2017 to April 2018, it was 590. Currently, the government – will the Online application through the management portal of the Federal government user-oriented services. The countries involved under the leadership of Saxony-Anhalt in the process. A concrete time plan, the government announced in their response.

Gehring claimed: “the Union and the SPD are not allowed to ruin the Bafög, but need to strengthen courageously, in order to allow Education to ensure personal growth and economic prosperity.” Funding rates and exemption amounts would have to rise to the next Semester by at least ten percent, then automatically and regularly.

dpa