Brandenburg’s Education Minister Britta Ernst has resigned. She lacks the support in politics, so her reasoning. His successor will be the previous Secretary of State Steffen Freiberg. Ernst is the wife of Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
Brandenburg’s Education Minister Britta Ernst (SPD) has resigned from her post. The state government announced that Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD) had complied with her request. Her successor is to be the previous Secretary of State Steffen Freiberg (SPD). Ernst cited a lack of support as the reason for her resignation.
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It was always a great pleasure and honor for her to lead the ministry, Ernst said at a short-notice press conference on Monday afternoon in the Brandenburg State Chancellery. The challenges for the Ministry of Education are very great, according to Ernst. “To counter this, a great deal of unity is necessary.” In a written statement, she added:
“This unity no longer exists.”
Most recently, both the SPD parliamentary group and the Bündnis90/Die Grünen parliamentary group had criticized Ernst’s plan to reallocate 200 permanent teaching positions to positions for administrative specialists and school social workers. Woidke thanked Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s wife “for her dedicated work”. In difficult times, Ernst carried out the office “with foresight and a steady hand”. Under Ernst, there was a continuous improvement in the day-care center staff ratio, and her work was linked to the entry into the exemption from contributions, according to Woidke.
Ernst had been a member of the state government as Minister for Education, Youth and Sport since 2017. Previously, she was a member of the Hamburg Parliament and then Minister of Education in Schleswig-Holstein from 2014. Ernst is married to Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD).
According to Woidkes, Ernst’s successor is to be SPD politician Steffen Freiberg. Most recently, Freiberg was State Secretary in the Ministry of Education, where he “quickly established himself,” according to Woidke. One of the focal points of his work is education in the digital age. Born in Rostock, he has been chairman of the “Education in the Digital World” steering group of the Conference of Ministers of Education and the joint steering group on the digital pact between the federal and state governments since 2017.
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