Lower Saxony and Bremen
SPD requires tablets for all students from 2024
Celle (dpa / lni) – The Lower Saxony SPD wants to equip all students with rental tablets from the 2024/25 school year. Prime Minister Stephan Weil and Education Minister Grant Hendrik Tonne announced it in Celle on Friday as a central demand ahead of state elections in the autumn. “Each child will have their tablet, and it will be the same tablets,” Weil said. It’s also about equity in the education system, Tonne added.
Devices must be replaced every two to three years through a leasing model, so the latest devices are always available. The students received the tablets for free. This would result in annual costs in the three-digit million range for the country. “You don’t think of 999, but of 100 plus X,” said the prime minister. There are currently around 1.1 million schoolchildren in Lower Saxony.
In general, in the context of the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine, the state election will be a matter of trust, Weil said. “It will also be very important to convey security. Security that even in a world full of risks and full of change, people in Lower Saxony can trust that they are well governed.”
Weil explained that he was “not arrogant, but confident” in the choice. In polls on who voters want as prime minister, the incumbent was far ahead of his likely challenger Bernd Althusmann of the CDU.