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Proportion of foreign pupils in Berlin schools concealed

Berlin's mayor Giffey wants even more immigration for her already ethnically "diversified" city. Meanwhile, the problems of imported "diversity" are swept under the carpet: The Senate wants to conceal the huge language and integration problems in the capital's schools by no longer publishing information on the proportion of foreign or non-German-speaking pupils.

Published: May 24, 2022, 2:05 pm

    The Red-Green-Red Senate in Berlin is truly trying everything to conceal the consequences of its disastrous migration policy. This also extends to parents’ choice of school for their children. For some time now, it has been planned to remove information on the number of pupils where German is not spoken at home (“non-German language of origin”, abbreviated “ndH”) from the school directory. However, this is often the most important for parents when looking for a school for their children.

    Unlawful administrative practice

    The senate, as it said at the beginning of the year, wants to create a social index instead, in which the language spoken at home, the number of pupils who have repeated a grade, the staffing, the number of pupils exempt from learning aid, the staffing of the schools and data on the social structure of the district are merged – but without a specifically designated migrant quota. Only internally will the proportion of “non-German language of origin” continue to be recorded.

    An expert opinion commissioned by the AfD from the independent Scientific Parliamentary Service has now come to the clear conclusion: “According to the current legal situation in the state of Berlin, there is in principle a right of access […] to the statistical individual school data.” Classification as classified information could only be considered in the case of internal and external security. Moreover, the data records are not personalised, but anonymised.

    AfD education expert Thorsten Weiß explained: “In particular, the proportion of pupils with a non-German language of origin is an important criterion for many parents when choosing a school. Thanks to the expert opinion we commissioned, it is clear: parents have a right to this information; the Red-Green-Red attempt to conceal grievances at schools is unlawful.”

    Left-wing eyewash

    SPD representatives insist that “social status is often more decisive than origin” or that the proportion of pupils with a non-German language of origin allegedly says nothing about the quality of a school. The CDU education expert Katharina Günther-Wünsch counters that the funds for additional language instruction are based on the ndH quota, without which there would have been fewer staff members.

    The proportion of non-German pupils in Berlin for public schools is already 41,1 percent. The attempt to delete the quite relevant information suggests the covering up of information about migrants if it does not fit into the prescribed positive narrative. One of the most recent statements by the governing mayor Franziska Giffey, which she had her party announce on Twitter, was a sign of this: “A Berlin without immigration is hardly imaginable. How poor our city would be without these experiences!”

    Ignoring reality instead of solving problems

    In Berlin, however, the euphoria about naturalisation is not limited to the ruling ultra-left government coalition, but is also supported by the CDU and the FDP, where the only criticism is that the municipal administration is sluggish. For example, CDU MP Björn Wohlert used the usual phrases: “We should promote the German passport, but under clear conditions: Language, work, liberal values, acceptance of our way of life.” Instead of the new naturalisation centre, of course, there needs to be even “more staff in the offices, faster digitised procedures and more consultation hours at work-friendly times”.

    Criticism against Giffey’s plans came only from the AfD. Its state chairperson Kristin Brinker said: “Giffey’s naturalisation centre is a clumsy advertising campaign for migrant voters”, with which the mayor wants to “retroactively legalise the illegal migration of the past years”.

    Berlin mired in allegations of voter fraud

    The irregularities surrounding the election to the Berlin House of Representatives, which took place at the same time as the general election, are probably far greater than previously assumed. As the Berliner Zeitung reported, false ballots are said to have been deliberately handed out in a polling station in Friedrichshain, which were later declared invalid. Around eighty voters lost their votes for the election of MPs.

    The election in Berlin on September 26, 2021, which was overshadowed by numerous mishaps, is also occupying the courts. The Berlin State Constitutional Court is currently examining several complaints and has requested statements from all 2 257 polling stations. The conditions in individual polling stations that have been made public so far make a new election to the Berlin House of Representatives appear more and more likely.

    Among other things, the following were criticized: Waiting for hours, missing, incomplete or invalid ballot papers and election workers who wanted to send citizens home before they even voted. In the case of the Friedrichshain polling station, ballots for the wrong district were allegedly delivered.

    “The responsible officials in the district electoral office acted in a shockingly lax way and apparently devoid of any respect for jurisdiction,” exclaimed former member of parliament and free voter candidate Marcel Luthe in an interview with the Berliner Zeitung.

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