The Germans want more uniformity in the education system. The federal system, in which 16 states run different school systems, no longer meets the expectations of German citizens. It has emerged from the new AFO Education Barometer.
According to him, 70-90% of the respondents are in favor of standardized final exams, maximum comparisons and more financial support from the federal government. Equal secondary school and secondary school dropout examinations are in favor of 85%, a uniform central high school diploma and even 89%.
In order to obtain such a joint degree, 87% and 87% considered the uniform curriculum in upper secondary school to be stable. 90% support for teacher training that is regular throughout Germany. To be able to rank students’ performance simultaneously, 76, 76 percent are in favor of permanent comparison tests.
What Happened Last Year?
Last year, the first attempt to make school education more uniform was canceled. A “National Education Council”, as outlined in the federal government’s coalition agreement, has not been implemented. Baden-Wattenberg’s education minister at the time described the idea as a “completely excess body”, and Bavaria rejected it. And this, even though it only wants to make non-binding recommendations. The “barometer of education” suggests that the Germans would have preferred otherwise. 70% are in favor of such a body, and four out of five even advocate binding requirements in the form of an “educational contract”.
If Germans want standards and qualifications, they consider more autonomy with respect to individual schools. Three-quarters of those surveyed say schools should choose their own teachers. 73% want schools to decide for themselves how much money is used. In contrast, 37% want to give the federal government autonomy over textbooks and school subjects. Only 18% support schools that determine their own curriculum content. For children who change federal states, the barriers will be significantly reduced.
In general, citizens want to give the federal government more power. In addition to a major financial contribution, namely the lifting of the ban on cooperation between the federal government and the federal states on education matters, 60% are in favor of the federal government making “important federal political decisions”. The situation is very different with early childhood education: 80% are of the opinion that the federal government and local governments should be responsible for this. The authors of this study assume that the Corona crisis has increased the desire for uniform standards in the education system. In June of this year, 10,000 adults were interviewed for the study.
Thomas Seattle Berger, an education policy spokesman for the FDP, calls for a reduction in “regional display behavior”. Green spokeswoman Margot Streep emphasized the need for co-operation to promote equal opportunities. The SPD wants federal states to work to ensure their standards. “A federal state commission would be useful for liaison,” said SPD spokesman Barbal Boss.