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Deadbeat parents should be fined, FDP politician says

The Local · 13 Sep 2010, 09:02

Published: 13 Sep 2010 09:02 GMT+02:00

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In the debate over how Germany can insure that all young people get a fair shot at an education, Lindner told daily Passauer Neue Presse that parents who do nothing to prevent their children from ditching class should be fined.

“We should at first support the parents through the appropriate range of services and help their parenting competencies,” he told the paper. “But for some it’s not a question of inability, but of unwillingness.”

Those parents who fail to discipline their children should therefore be disciplined themselves, he said.

“Legally this is possible, but authorities often lack consistency,” he said.

Linder also said that new voucher cards set to provide welfare kids with a means to access educational and extracurricular activities are only the beginning.

“In some families, regardless of whether they have an immigration background, there is a lack of engagement and attention for the children,” he told the paper. “The educational voucher card won’t help where the television was responsible for the upbringing.”

Germany's Hartz IV welfare benefits are set to be given special voucher credit cards to access educational and extracurricular activities rather than their parents being handed cash, under a government scheme detailed in August.

Labour and Social Affairs Minister Ursula von der Leyen is introducing the programme in response to a ruling by Germany’s Constitutional Court in February that Hartz IV rates relating to children were wrongly calculated and unconstitutional.

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The card system, based on a similar scheme operating in Stuttgart, aims to increase the educational and extracurricular opportunities for children from welfare-dependent families rather than simply pouring more money into the system.

The electronic chip cards will be loaded with special lines of credit: one for education needs such as extra tuition, one for school meals, one for school materials such as books and satchels, and one for extracurricular activities such as cultural and sporting pursuits.


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13:48 September 13, 2010 by chicagolive
It is already hard enough to raise kids here as it is without dealing with Governments who think they know better but have consistently showed how unattached to reality they are. You have the massive divide here between the well off people and people on the edge it is somewhere close to a 67% gap no other major industrialized nation has such a gap between rich and poor. Of course this top have has no clue whats going on with the rest but yet they lead the country.

The say extracurricular activities what exactly are we taking about here I bet they did not even think about that or the fact do these places have space. My son is on a sport team in my city was going to training 4 times a week after school recently the city said they want to start bring in kids with trouble back grounds.

I am all for this coming from Chicago except their is one problem to do this all the other kids had to cut back on training to accommodate the large influx of children, then the trainers are complain because well they are not getting paid even though they have to work now twice the hours, and that they have no time to train the best students so everybody ends up losing out. Now 3 trainers are leaving 2 to the states 1 to Canada due to this, will they actually boost these programs or just through some kids in them and cause more damage like they did ours.
17:20 September 13, 2010 by grazhdanin
It would be interesting to find why children are ditching school. Maybe they find it just boring there and television appears more interesting.
20:28 September 13, 2010 by chicagolive
Hey I have had the displeasure of having to observe some local schools and I have to say if I was a student I would probably ditch school also. The environment is so dead the teacher are for the most part looking like they should be retiring. It is a very dry under-stimulating environments for the most part
21:20 August 10, 2011 by joe blogs
I am a british citizen.my son is German and now 17. I have been trying to get the family court in Rosenheim to make a child maintenance order for a few years and they have failed to do so, failed to process an emergency application, have boffed me off constantly and have denied me righ to appeal. they have caused severe distress to my son by alleging that this is not his entitlement as there is no "need".l despite that this is irrelevant and his right under the childrens act and the Hague. He is protecting my ex husband as he is "connected" and I believe they have been bribed. His solicitor Cornelia Thiele has committed contempt of court and has protected him and caused distress to my son by alleging he is not in school even when we provided evidence. they have intentionally delayed and in the Uk to fail to process an emergency applcation is very serious. I have a page on fcb. psejoin. I think they should be charged with negligence and I have no means of taking criminal action against him as I am out of Germany. he should have his passport confiscated. he enjoys holidays 5 x a year but refuses to pay for his son and can afford a solicitor whom I believe is complict in breaking the law and protecting his criminal action. I thought Germany cared about its children. The irony is that my son was always proud to be German. the action of the court in Germany in faling to take action, Munich included and the fact that the prosecutors office has refused to do anything as well, has meant that he is giving up his citizenship and does not want to be associated with this country anymore,the state have let him down. he was severely bullied at school for being German and has been unable to go to the RAF as he is not British and is still now discriminated against and this is the way the country treats him? I then have to wonder whether the abuse of child rights therefore continues and has never stopped since WW2.
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