National Council on Education

National Council on Education

The federal government, states, and local authorities sharing responsibility: paths to a better-performing federal education system.

The German education system is currently facing enormous challenges:
  • Improving students’ performance (see international comparative studies)
  • Creating educational equality
  • Making educational paths more flexible, and managing them efficiently
  • Improving the transition phases in the educational chain
  • Improving teacher training
  • The quantitative expansion and qualitative design of early childhood education and care facilities

Germany’s federal education system does not currently have the ability to efficiently meet these challenges. We have 16 different subsystems whose results up until now have not been transparent. The Robert Bosch Stiftung repeatedly encounters obstacles while carrying out its nationwide projects, and as a result, the Foundation - together with the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung - invited a group of high-ranking experts on education to draw up a plan for a National Council on Education. This plan was presented to the public for the first time in May 2012.

According to the experts, a National Council on Education in the style of the German Council of Science and Humanities should, in the future, help bring about important reforms in the German education system. In this council, the federal government, the states, and experts on education from the worlds of science and the educational system should all play a role. The council should draw up recommendations pertaining to the challenges facing our education system. In this process, it is absolutely key that the experts and those responsible for implementing the recommendations at the political level sit together at one table. "More Cooperation" is also the title of an expert report recently published by the Deutsche Telekom foundation in cooperation with the Robert Bosch Stiftung. It sheds light on the specific possibilities for collaboration between the federal government and the states, and illustrates the federal education system’s future prospects.