In Brief: Berlin’s parliament talks future of education, and other headlines

This week, Berlin’s parliament talked about the problems in the education system, namely the lack of teachers and spots for children in schools. In other news, Potsdam declared a “Klimanotstand” or “climate emergency. And - Germany’s federal cabinet approved a law offering financial relief to families where elderly parents are in need of care.

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On Thursday, the Berlin Parliament talked about the problems in the education system, namely the lack of teachers and spots for children in schools.

During the parliamentary debate, FDP politician Paul Fresdorf sharply criticized Education Senator Sandra Scheeres.

Fresdorf said if Scheeres was not willing to make Berlin the city that offers world class education, “then do us a favor and don’t set your alarm clock for tomorrow.”

An early education report predicted there would be a shortage in Berlin of 26,000 spots for schoolchildren in two years’ time. Scheeres has since described this figure as unrealistic. She estimates there will be a shortage of about 9,500 spots.

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Potsdam declared a “climate emergency” this week, a move some here in Berlin have urged the city government to make as well.

A people’s initiative called Klimanotstand or Climate Emergency is collecting signatures to prompt Berlin’s parliament to take further action. The initiative argues all decisions should be made with climate change in mind and plan to submit the petition on August 20.

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On Wednesday, Germany’s federal cabinet approved a law offering financial relief to families where elderly parents are in need of care.

In the future, a child will only have to contribute to the costs of their parents’ care if they have a gross annual income of 100,000 euros or more.

The social association VdK welcomed the reform. Association president Verena Bentele said that many older people in need of care had been avoiding going into homes to protect their children from the financial burden.

 

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