MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
October 15, 2020
Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs adopts central agreement on educational policy issues
On the occasion of today’s agreement of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK) on central questions of education policy, the education and research policy spokesman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag, Albert Rupprecht, and the rapporteur responsible for education federalism, Tankred Schipanski:
Albert Rupprecht: “Our model is the principle of subsidiarity. In a rapidly changing world, decentralized local decisions are more modern than ever. Decisions on site are more precise and vital. A higher decision-making level is only required if a solution on site is not possible. Education policy is successful when every political level makes its contribution to the efficiency of the education system. On this basis, it must be constantly checked where the federal structure has added value and whether it is up-to-date.
We welcome the fact that today, after 56 years, the countries were able to agree on a common set of rules. At the same time, we expected more radiance and binding effect in the form of a state treaty. In terms of content, the agreement goes in the right direction to create more transparency and material comparability of educational qualifications. The same must be in the same degree. This is an elementary prerequisite for equity in education and equal opportunities. The countries are now called upon to live their agreement, even if they have not been able to bring themselves to a state treaty.
Regardless of the current agreement between the federal states, cooperation between the federal and state governments is becoming increasingly important. Wherever a nationwide surcharge is wise and sensible because the states cannot tackle a topic alone, the federal government lives up to its responsibility. With the Pact for Research and Innovation or the Excellence Strategy, we were able to position German science at the top of the world. Such measures show that it works to set common goals and to distribute the tasks according to the subsidiarity principle. ‘March separately, beat together’.
But there can also be a hook. The corona pandemic revealed this like a magnifying glass when implementing the school digital pact. We have to learn from this. All of our federal-state agreements are large-scale pilot projects. Every major project needs binding targets in terms of time and quality as well as sanction options if a country does not go along as agreed. Because of the pilot nature, the possibility of uncomplicated readjustment must always be given without all federal and state ministers having to negotiate an additional agreement. This is where we are currently starting and developing the interaction between the federal government and the federal states in the sense of a cooperative federalism. “
Tankred Schipanski: “Today’s resolution by the KMK on the future of cooperative educational federalism is a step in the right direction, but by no means closes the debate on it. As the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, we have been calling on the federal states for years to ensure more transparency, comparability and quality in the education system. It is true that the first course is set for nationwide uniform educational standards within the framework of the country agreement. We expressly welcome this. But in terms of their legal binding force, the KMK falls far short of expectations. An interstate education treaty that would have been passed by all 16 state parliaments would have been more appropriate to the educational policy challenges.
With today’s resolutions on the composition of the Standing Scientific Commission of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs, the KMK misjudges the role of the federal government in our federal state. The fact that the Federal Ministry of Education and Research is not institutionally anchored in this body is a birth defect. It should be noted that this agreement does not end the discussion on sustainable schooling in Germany. As the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag, we will continue to provide decisive impetus, as we have already done on the national side with teacher training and digital schooling. “
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