MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: Die Linke “It is correct that the bridging aid for students will be reintroduced and expanded from November. But the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) lacks any sense of the student’s situation. It was wrong to suspend emergency aid in the first place. Minister Karliczek’s laissez-faire style has plunged many students into an existential crisis, ”explains Nicole Gohlke, spokeswoman for university policy for the DIE LINKE parliamentary group, with a view to the corona aid for students in pandemic emergencies. Gohlke continues: “The minister’s lack of foresight is endless. In addition to the remaining 33 million euros from the first bridging aid, only 34 million more will be mobilized. This is the same amount for the five months of the winter semester that was issued for four months in the summer. What in the world makes Ms. Karliczek think that the situation will be easier to cope with during the much more difficult second wave this winter, although there will probably be more applications? The minister’s’ thumbs up ‘calculations are more than short-sighted: between June and September half of all rejected applications for bridging aid were rejected because the students’ plight existed before the pandemic. This means that some of the students suffer from structural poverty. Instead of providing social security for everyone, the BMBF is again promoting KfW’s student loans, as it did in the spring, and willingly luring students into the debt trap. Students now need planning security. This cannot be achieved through bridging aid and loans that are still not enough to survive and are little more than a drop in the ocean. We finally want a fundamental reform of BAföG, with which students are effectively protected. How fundamentally wrong the planning of the federal government is can also be seen from the fact that only around three quarters of the BAföG funds planned for this had been called up by the end of October. We call on the federal government to open BAföG to support students during the pandemic. The funding amounts have to be increased to 1,050 euros and the parental allowances must be increased significantly in order to finally guarantee more students secure financing of their studies. “
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