This is the result of a current study by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW)
The Saarland state government sees no particular need for action.
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The Federal Government also shares this view, as can be seen from a response to a small question from the FDP in the Bundestag. You see no need for a nationwide reporting obligation for claims. There is also no information that the tests have so far been insufficient. “” The state authorities are responsible for the approval process and for monitoring the operation of the plants. “”
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Teachers all over Germany are dissatisfied: The fast reopening of the schools is not feasible. A teachers association has a clear opinion on the subject of summer holidays.
In the debate about the gradual opening of schools in Germany, the teachers’ association in North Rhine-Westphalia sharply criticized the state government. North Rhine-Westphalia will open the secondary schools for candidates in the coming week. The federal and state governments had agreed to gradually resume school operations from May 4th. The North Rhine-Westphalian teachers’ association considers the state government’s plan for the fast reopening of the schools to be difficult to implement. “” The schedule is too ambitious, “” said association president Andreas Bartsch of the “” Rheinische Post “”.
Bartsch also criticized NRW School Minister Yvonne Gebauer (FDP) for her request to the school authorities to create the hygienic conditions for reopening the schools. “” The markets are de facto dead, “said Bartsch about the procurement of disinfectants. Questions about cleaning, structural measures and transport capacities would also have to be clarified. “” The minister makes it easy for herself when she says that the schools knew that things could start again on April 20th. “”
The Federal Parents’ Council had previously criticized the fact that the often ailing schools were not equipped to provide suitable hygiene measures to deal with the pandemic – i.e. wash basins with warm water in every classroom, a soap and disinfectant dispenser and paper towels. “” Too little has been done here for many years. This is now taking bitter revenge, “said the chairman of the Federal Parents’ Council, Stephan Wassmuth.
School dropout is “” disaster “”
The three weeks absence from school before the Easter holidays were a “” catastrophe “”, said Sarah Lichtenberger, director of a pure internet school in Bochum. In some cases, teachers would have emailed dozens of pages in PDF files for processing – without instructions, without learning videos, without digital lessons or exchanges. The fact that parents should step in often was not okay and for many was not affordable either. Lichtenberger advised: “” All students and teachers have their current timetables and teaching materials. With the book in hand, everyone can meet in the digital classroom according to their schedule. “”
Another point in the discussion is the summer vacation. Should they be shortened? For the President of the German Teachers Association, Heinz-Peter Meidinger, this is currently not up for debate. “” I think that at this point in time there is a discussion about shortening summer holidays is actually wrong, “said Meidinger on” Deutschlandfunk “”. “” I also think that it doesn’t even have the big effect. “” Rather, it now needs “” a big overall concept “”.topics of argumentative essays
Schäuble is for shortened summer vacation
A shortening of the summer vacation had previously brought up Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble. “” With a few exceptions, the schools will remain closed for some time. Therefore, I wonder whether those responsible in the federal states are thinking about shortening the school holidays in summer, “” said the CDU politician of the newspaper “Augsburger Allgemeine”. Such a step would offer schoolchildren the opportunity to catch up on the subjects missed due to the corona pandemic.
The education union GEW had also proposed a “” Corona bonus “” for school grades for this school year. Meidinger has not yet given a final assessment for this consideration either. “Now the exams should be written,” he said. “” If it actually turns out that there was a special situation that led to poorer results, then you really have to look at this story. “”
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According to the Federal Statistical Office, 2.6 million children could soon go to school again. These are around 700,000 of the total of 2.9 million primary school students, 1.1 million young people in final classes and 750,000 in pre-final classes, the Federal Office announced.
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The temporary suspension of the new catalog of fines means a lot of work for the city of Kiel. Tens of thousands of procedures have to be reprocessed – and that in the Corona crisis.
The hacking around the new catalog of fines makes the city of Kiel and other municipalities in Schleswig-Holstein a lot of work. In the four independent cities alone, around 80,000 fine proceedings have to be reprocessed. “” The state of Schleswig-Holstein, as the supervisory authority, has instructed us to revise all procedures on which the new catalog of fines is based, “said Kiel’s city councilor Christian Zierau on Friday to the German press agency. The “” Kieler Nachrichten “” had previously reported on it.
City of Kiel is working on a technical solution
In Kiel, 40,000 proceedings for violations between April 28 and July 2 were affected, said Zierau. For around 22,000 procedures that have already been completed in accordance with the tightening of the catalog of fines, the Federal Ministry of Transport is expected to issue instructions this week. “” The remaining 18,000 ongoing proceedings will probably be too modest according to the old catalog of fines. “”
The city is currently working on a technical solution to limit the amount of work. “In any case, especially at this point in time, with the many restrictions and requirements caused by the Corona, it is more than unfavorable to have ambiguity and additional work here.”
Legal uncertainties with new regulations
At the end of last week, the state government initially suspended the new catalog of fines at the request of the federal government. Transport Minister Bernd Buchholz (FDP) believes it is necessary to “” look at the content of the regulations “” when the legal revision of the catalog of fines is being carried out.
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The background is legal uncertainties, especially about a regulation: Accordingly, there is now a risk of a month’s driving license withdrawal if you drive 21 kilometers per hour too fast in town or 26 km / h too fast outside of town – previously this applied to speeds of 31 km / h in town and 41 km / h outside.
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The gender image in families has changed significantly over the past generations. A study has now found that the parental allowance also has an effect on this. And not only with the parents, but also with the grandparents.
The parental allowance does not only affect the mothers and fathers who receive it: the benefit also has a psychological effect on grandparents. That is the result of a current study by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW). Many grandparents, for example, whose sons had children after the introduction of the parental allowance, changed their ideas about gender roles – towards a more equal division of responsibilities.
Grandparents’ attitudes towards the division of labor were measured by agreement with the following statement: “Women should be more concerned with the family than their careers” “. Grandparents whose sons had a child after the parental allowance reform of 2007 were compared with grandparents whose sons became fathers before 2007.
More so with grandmothers than with grandfathers
For both grandmothers and grandfathers, it can be seen that the statement is more likely to be rejected if their son has had a child after the parental benefit reform. The change in attitudes is more evident in the grandmothers than in the grandfathers.
According to calculations by the DIW, grandmothers whose sons became fathers after 2007 are 28 percentage points more likely to reject the statement than grandmothers whose sons became fathers shortly before the parental allowance reform.
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“When grandparents see that their own son is taking parental leave, it also has an impact on their own attitudes towards the understanding of the roles of men and women,” “summarizes Katharina Wrohlich from DIW.
From January 2018, shorter application deadlines apply for retroactive child benefit applications. The Bundesverband Lohnsteuerhilfevereine (BVL) points this out.
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From the deadline, parents can only receive child benefit for six months retrospectively, i.e. up to July 2017 at the latest, explains the BVL. The reason is a change in the law that is intended to prevent cases of fraud and abuse.
Child benefit can currently be applied for retrospectively within the general statute of limitations, the four-year period. Specifically, this means that child benefit can be applied for retrospectively up to and including January 2013 up to December 31, 2017.
The problem: Many parents do not know whether they will still be entitled to child benefit for their children after their initial education if they start further education. In principle, the entitlement already exists if they still have to wait for the upcoming training. Those entitled to child benefit should therefore apply for child benefit retrospectively by December 31, 2017.
“As of 2018, parents should generally not take too long to apply for child benefit,” advises BDL managing director Erich Nöll. In the case of adult children between the ages of 18 and 25, in particular, an application should be made to the family benefits office as a precaution if it appears possible to grant child benefit. “” If documents are still missing, they can be submitted later. An extension of the deadline can also be requested. “”
In Erfurt the media festival for children “” Goldener Spatz “” has been canceled. Here, too, the reason is measures to contain the coronavirus. The organizers are now working on an alternative date.
The coronavirus crisis has now also led to the cancellation of this year’s children’s media festival “” Goldener Spatz “”. “With a heavy heart” they made the decision not to let the festival take place as planned from May 24th to 30th in Erfurt and Gera, announced the organizers. “” We very much regret the situation and are currently working flat out on a concept to allow the “” Golden Sparrow “” to take place in autumn 2020 “”, it says.
Reasons for the cancellation are therefore also the current decrees of the state government against the spread of Sars-CoV-2. In addition, one does not want to expose visitors, guests and specialist public to any health risk, it says in the message.
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In the past few years between 18,000 and 19,000 visitors came to the “” Goldener Spatz “”. According to the organizers, it is the largest festival for German-language children’s media. A children’s jury decides on the competition winners.
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Angela Merkel made a clear appeal to the citizens in a TV address, but refrained from further measures. This is how the German press reacts to the Chancellor’s speech on the Corona crisis.
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With an urgent appeal, Chancellor Angela Merkel urged all citizens to show solidarity and discipline in the fight against the coronavirus. “” This is a historic task and it can only be tackled together, “said Merkel on Wednesday in a televised address on the corona crisis. You can see her speech in full length in the video above – or here.
It is imperative that social contacts are reduced to a minimum so that the virus does not spread too quickly. The Chancellor did not initially announce additional, even more drastic measures such as a general curfew.
Merkel’s speech and the current situation in Germany are also discussed in the German press. An overview.
The “” Schwäbische Zeitung “” (Ravensburg) wrote about Merkel’s speech to the nation: “” It was the level-headed appearance of a woman who can deal with crises. The Chancellor’s appeal to all residents of the Federal Republic was urgent and clear. Without frills, Angela Merkel also made it clear that she had further measures up its sleeve if the population did not understand the seriousness of the situation in the wake of the corona pandemic. The head of government is still trying to appeal to reason and intelligence. Should this fizzle out, freedom of movement will be restricted even more, which in turn should hit the economy even harder. The smart ones who don’t want to trust a supposed mainstream smell conspiracies here and there.