A broad alliance of the federal student conference, the federal parent council and the digital association Bitkom demands a right to digital education. The right to digital participation in school lessons and other educational offers must be enforceable, the three organizations said on Thursday in Berlin.

An alliance of parents,  students, and the digital association  Bitkom demands Germany’s right to digital education. “There is no need to change the Basic Law for this,” said Bitkom President Achim Berg.

A broad alliance of the federal student conference, the federal parent council, and the digital association  Bitkom demands a  right to digital education. The three organizations said that the right to digital participation in school lessons and other educational opportunities must be enforceable on Thursday in Berlin. “There is no need to change the Basic Law for this,” said  Bitkom  President  Achim  Berg. The right should relate to school operations and universities and further education opportunities. Berg pointed out that children and young people have a  right to school education. “The reality of the pandemic looked different:  instead of distance learning,  often there were no lessons at all. There  are  no  nationwide  minimum  standards, and  there  is  also  no long-term  financing  concept.”  It is not a  question of replacing school attendance on site,  but of flanking it with an additional offer.  “Pupils have a  right to education even if they are ill or cannot attend classes for other reasons,”  said  Katharina  Swinka,  General  Secretary of the Federal  Student  Conference.

Christiane Gotte,  Chairwoman of the  Federal  Parents’  Council,  complained that there was not only a  lack of technical equipment during the pandemic. “There were also no minimum pedagogical standards set for distance learning.  As  a  result,  there  was  no  nationwide,  high-quality  distance  learning  in  Germany.”  The aim must be to prevent deficits from arising in the first place.  “A  right  to  digital  education  can contribute  to  this  by  ensuring participation  in  advance  where  physical  presence  is  not  possible,  after  the  pandemic,  for example  through  digital  training  if  canceled  classes  or  illness.”

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A legal opinion by the law firm Redeker Sellner Dahs commissioned by Bitkom concluded that neither the  Basic  Law nor the state constitutions would have to be changed, supplemented.  The  Federal  Constitutional  Court also argued in this way in the context of the pandemic protection measures and advocated a right to digital education. “But outside the pandemic situation,  the right has not yet existed,”  said expert  Cornelius  Böllhoff.

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