The schools in Bavaria are always the last to start the summer holidays. A circumstance that NRW Prime Minister Wüst no longer wants to accept.
Munich / Düsseldorf – In Germany, schools have different summer vacation times depending on the federal state. Neighboring federal states are being aligned so that they have holidays at the same time, but the summer holidays generally start and end at different times. The whole point is that not all citizens of the Federal Republic go on vacation at the same time – and thus cause a gigantic travel chaos, zdf.de knows.
But there are exceptions: Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, for example. These southern federal states start the summer holidays later than the rest. There are various reasons for this, including the fact that the children in Bavaria have to help with the harvest in late summer. Hendrik Wüst (CDU), Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, now wants to bring about an end to this preferential treatment.
Wust against Bayern holidays: end of the preference planned
The agricultural argument no longer counts for Wüst. When asked about the topic at a press conference in Düsseldorf, according to ksta.de , Wüst spoke out in favor of this unequal treatment being discussed at the upcoming Conference of Ministers of Education.
Wüst noted that he is glad that Bavaria has made a “successful development away from a purely agricultural country”. According to ksta.de , this now allows the “leeway” to take a step forward in the Conference of Ministers of Education.
SPD support for Wüst: school expert wants the “axe”
Wüst received approval from SPD school expert Jochen Ott. He does not see why the southern federal states are monopolizing the later start of the holidays, writes ksta.de. NRW is the most populous federal state in Germany, the harvest story is long over and it is time for the state government to “take the ax” on the preference given to Bavaria.
The difference is especially big next year: While the 2023 summer holidays in North Rhine-Westphalia start in mid-June and end on August 4th, possibly before the big heat waves, the summer holidays in Bavaria only start on July 31st, 2023 and last until Beginning of September. (fhz)