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Education funding: 180.000 BAFöG-recipient less

fewer and fewer students, and students receive BAFöG. To change as a result of a new law. However, shortly before it was supposed to come in the Federal Cabinet on the way, doubt out loud.

in Spite of the recent BAFöG-Reform, the number of sponsored students has fallen significantly in recent years. This decrease was continued also by 2017, says a reply from the Federal Ministry of education and training to a small request of the Greens in the Bundestag.

According to data from the government's response and previous government reports, the number dropped within a period of four years, to nearly 180,000. In the year 2017, thus roughly of 557,000 students and 225,000 students were promoted.

Minister of education, Karliczek, presented in November a draft for a BAFöG-Reform.

"Fatal crash"

The Green education expert Kai Gehring spoke of a "fatal crash of this important equal opportunity law". A the end of this development is not in sight. In short, a new Reform of the BAFöG adopted by the Federal Cabinet. "Even with the planned amendment of the loss of importance of the BAFöG is not stopped," said Gehring.

According to a draft law from the Minister of education, Anja Karliczek (CDU), by the Federal Cabinet, to the needy students and students from mid-2019, more BAFöG. The Federal government wants to spend, according to the draft law, by 2022, more than 1.8 billion euros.

The maximum percentage of the total is expected to rise from the winter semester of 2019 in two stages to 2020 of € 735 to a total of around 850 Euro. It is also more and more young people are to benefit from the BAFöG. The allowances for the income of the parents should be raised in three steps up to 2021 to a total of 16 percent.

Green demand, regular increase in

Gehring criticised the plans as inadequate. "Hands-free amounts and rates of support to be free gradually, a little raised, the necessary structural changes, the Minister Karliczek grabs in the first place, for example, the regular increase in the support of care of students or the promotion of an orientation semester."

The Green politician requires: "the Union and the SPD are not allowed to ruin the BAFöG, but need to strengthen courageously, in order to allow Education to ensure personal growth and economic prosperity." Funding rates and exemption amounts would have to rise to the next Semester by at least ten percent, then automatically and regularly.

BAföG-benefits to rise in 2019, 13.11.2018 Atlas |Germany |Berlin

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