“Politicians are not doing their homework on the topic of pandemic and school again,” criticized Heinz-Peter Meidinger, President of the German Teachers’ Association, according to a report by the Editorial Network Germany (RND). The course for the coming school year should actually be set now from the political side – but nothing is happening.
Even if it is not yet possible to predict how the autumn will go, according to Meidinger, it would make sense to prepare for a double strategy. From his point of view, the main thing is to do everything to ensure that schools do not have to be closed again – so it would take a continuation of the vaccination campaign and further preventive measures that help to prevent a new wave from emerging in the first place.
Schools need IT anyway
But one must also prepare for the fact that the situation could worsen again. “At the same time, however, schools must now be equipped and prepared in such a way that distance education definitely works,” says Meidinger. This would mean that the provision of schools with fast Internet connections is now being pushed forward, IT support is being provided and further training for teachers is being offered. However, all this simply does not take place.
“The politically responsible are once again acting according to the motto: it will somehow go well,” said the head of the association. The restraint does not even make sense if one assumes that the pandemic is about to expire. Because the question of modern technical equipment for schools has already arisen before and independently of the corona crisis. However, things have rarely progressed properly here.