Digitization in schools is progressing slowly – also in Lower Saxony. In the local state election campaign, parties advertise the issue. But will they be able to keep their word?
More than two years after the corona pandemic, schools are still not optimally equipped for digitally assisted teaching. There is a lack of equipment for teachers. A WLAN that is not ideal for classes is actually a persistent problem in many schools. Fast Internet: None.
Devices and IT professionals are missing
There is also a lack of supportive IT professionals for the classrooms. Few people can help teachers when they have problems with technical equipment. Someone would have to maintain these devices when Lower Saxony’s SPD, with Prime Minister Stephan Weil as the target of the state elections on 9 October, demanded that all schoolchildren be given tablets from the first grade. But this is exactly where it is missing.
Education experts consider this goal unlikely. The Philologists’ Association criticizes that only about 25 percent of schools receive help from professional administrators.
Lin-Klitzing, president of the association of philologists, demands: “Schools should be less bureaucratic, faster and better equipped.”
All parties in Lower Saxony are positioning themselves on digitization
The issue of digitalization for all parties is on the agenda for state elections. For the FDP, it is clear that the grand coalition in Lower Saxony has missed progress in digitisation. “In European comparison, we are a developing country,” says the top candidate, Stefan Birkner.
Even all three schools do not have fiber optic connections. The opposition party wants more speed in digitization – by 2025 there should be a nationwide fiber optic link in Lower Saxony. In addition, a digital ministry will be created. Bernd Althusmann, the CDU’s top candidate, has already called for an independent digital ministry. It is responsible for digitization in business, business and transportation, as well as in the current state government.
There is enough money in the digital package
Since 2019, there is a digital pact between the federal and state governments. In Lower Saxony, for example, only 23 million euros have been spent so far on the basic digital pact, just under five percent of the total 470 million. state. Let’s move on, we can do better.
Schools complain that the apps are too complex. The procedures for the approval of funds are taking too long. Here, bureaucratic obstacles need to be removed urgently. Bureaucracy is probably one of the main reasons for the slow progress of digitization in the country.