Dirk Hilbert (50, center) officially replaces the "Independent citizens for Dresden" but is supported by the CDU and FDP.  Albrecht Pallas (42) is the SPD candidate, environmental mayor Eva Jähnigen (56) is running for the Greens.

Question to Dresden’s mayor candidates: when will there be fast internet and computers in all schools?

By Alexander Buchmann, Paul Hoffmann

Dresden – Also in Dresdens Classrooms often still look like they did in the Stone Age. Where modern systems connect the students or at least PCs or tablets should be available for modern work, Polylux and TV vans often continue to smile at everyone. How is this finally going to change? As part of the 6×6 series, we asked the most promising candidates for the mayor election tomorrow, Sunday.

So today the question is: when will there be fast internet and computers in all schools?

Dirk Hilbert (50, middle) officially stands for the “Independent Citizens for Dresden”, but is supported by the CDU and FDP. Albrecht Pallas (42) is the SPD candidate, environmental mayor Eva Jähnigen (56) is running for the Greens. © David Brandt, Independent Citizens for Dresden & SPD Dresden/Julian Hoffmann (montage)

Dirk Hilbert (50, “Independent Citizens for Dresden”)

“All measures in this area will be completed by 2024. However, permanent financial support from the federal and state governments will continue to be indispensable in the future, because IT technology is developing rapidly and replacement investments must also be able to be made on an ongoing basis. This is the only way we can meet the requirements of the Doing justice to the time in this area and securing a certain standard in the long term.”

Albrecht Pallas (42, SPD)

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“Equal opportunities right from the start and also in digital participation are very important to me. That’s why we have to get better and faster when it comes to digitizing schools. The fact that some schools are now only being given a follow-up date in 2024 is not acceptable: every household and every school in Dresden must have a gigabit-capable internet connection.”

Eva Jähnigen (56, Greens)

“I want all schools in Dresden to offer equal learning environments – from special schools to high schools. In addition to a high quality of stay, this also includes fast fiber optic connections to all schools and modern technical equipment. So that the teachers can continue to focus on their important pedagogical work, “digital caretakers” are to take care of the technical infrastructure in the future.”

Schollbach, Krah and Schulte-Wissermann also want modern equipped schools in Dresden

From left to right: André Schollbach (43) is running for the left, Maximilian Krah (45) for the AfD and Martin Schulte-Wissermann (51) for the pirates.

From left to right: André Schollbach (43) is running for the left, Maximilian Krah (45) for the AfD and Martin Schulte-Wissermann (51) for the pirates. © DIE LINKE, EP/Michel Christen & Piraten Dresden (Montage)

André Schollbach (43, left)

“Dresden must finally arrive in the 21st century when it comes to the digital equipment of the schools. That’s why I want to accelerate the necessary modernization and immediately ensure that all schools have modern, digital equipment. However, the best technology is of little use if children are sitting in dilapidated schools and are taught by too few teachers. That’s why I will also advocate for improvements towards the country.”

Maximilian Krah (45, AfD)

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“It is worrying that in 2022 not every school in Dresden will be connected to high-speed Internet. This must be done as soon as possible. I would like to differentiate something with regard to the computer equipment for each student. In the higher grades this requirement seems to make sense – in the In primary school classes, especially in the first grades, I think it is inappropriate for all students to have their own computer.”

Martin Schulte-Wissermann (51, pirates)

“That’s a good question – too many mistakes have been made here in the past. We have to break new ground for network construction and entertainment. I will keep a pool of laptops with free software ready so that every child can get a well-functioning device. “

That’s it again with our little question and answer game on the Dresden mayor election. Should there be a second ballot, we will of course stay on the ball for you!

Cover photo: Sebastian Gollnow/dpa

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