Before the start of the Conference of Ministers of Education, the Union Federal Education Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger (FDP) issued a bad certificate. "The balance of the first year in office is disappointing. Nothing has been done," said the education policy spokesman for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, Thomas Jarzombek, of the German Press Agency in Berlin.
A year ago, the minister proclaimed a decade of educational opportunities. "Unfortunately, after a year in office, there is no sign of this. I see the minister with this track record as being at high risk of being transferred." The Conference of Ministers of Education meets this Thursday and Friday in Berlin.
In detail, the CDU politician criticized that the announced acceleration of the school digital pact had not taken place. Even with the announced cooperation offer, nobody knows which way Stark-Watzinger wants to take. There is not even a concept that has been worked out for the so-called start-up opportunities program.
And when catching up on learning deficits caused by the pandemic, the minister is simply letting the only support program for children and young people expire without replacement. With their "motionless participation", the traffic light coalition drew the line under the successful support program for language day-care centers.