Resolution of the education ministers: “Face-to-face teaching has the highest priority”


Status: 10.12.2021 10:47 a.m.

Do everything to keep schools and universities open: That is the motto of the ministers of education after their deliberations on the current Corona situation. The ministers hold the adults responsible for this.

The education ministers of the federal states have reaffirmed their course for open schools and universities in the corona pandemic. “Keeping schools and universities open continues to have top priority in order to guarantee the right of children, adolescents and young people to education and participation,” said the President of the Conference of Ministers of Education (KMK) and Brandenburg’s Minister of Education, Britta Ernst.

The resolution says: “Keeping schools open is a task for society as a whole.” After the extensive school closings in the last and penultimate school year, “the burden of which the young generation and their families had to shoulder”, adults now have to take on responsibility and consistently comply with the stricter rules in public life. “Where necessary, further restrictions on contact and access for unvaccinated adults must make an additional contribution to containing the pandemic.”

“Instrument box” for universities

With a view to the universities, too, the ministers of culture have spoken out in favor of continuing the attendance semester. “The high vaccination rate among the students, which is significantly higher than that of the general population, the high level of discipline in adhering to the rules on campus and a differentiated toolbox of infection and hygiene measures are guarantees for the safest possible study, research and teaching on the campus.”

These measures could be adapted according to the local situation in order to maintain the highest possible proportion of face-to-face teaching. “The increase in the vaccination quota remains the decisive adjustment screw to contain the pandemic. The federal states and universities will continue their efforts to inform students about the vaccination offer”, so the KMK.

More than 100,000 infections among schoolchildren

The day before, the KMK had advised on the current corona situation at schools and universities. In the past week, according to data from the countries, more than 100,000 corona infections were known among schoolchildren.

The KMK also decided on measures to combat the shortage of teachers, recommendations for the further development of teaching in a digitized world and a program to improve advanced training and the quality of teaching in mathematics. This is a reaction to the fact that just under half of all young people achieve the mathematical skills that the KMK has specified in its standard standards.


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