BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Federal Minister of Education Anja Karliczek (CDU) has asked the federal states to contribute their own money to the federal government’s “catch-up program” for children in the Corona crisis. The federal money is only the first step to reduce the learning backlog, said Karliczek of the “Rheinische Post” (Saturday). “Since education is a country’s responsibility, I trust that countries will also make significant efforts of their own.”
The federal cabinet decided on Wednesday a two billion euro Corona “catch-up program” for children and young people. The program consists of two pillars: Around one billion euros are to be invested in tutoring and support programs for students. Another billion is earmarked for topping up various social projects that support children, young people and families in order to cushion the consequences of the crisis in this area as well. The money should flow in this and next year and cushion the consequences of the corona measures as best as possible.
According to the minister, if the program is to start after the summer holidays, preparations must start quickly now. The countries are now in demand. “Ideally, the coming summer holidays should also be used”, says Karliczek./rew/DP/zb