ERIC Number: ED249302
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
The Right to Education: The Case of the Federal Republic of Germany.
This paper investigates the extension of educational rights to girls, working class children, and the children of migrant workers in the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG). The first section discusses the theoretical basis of affirmative action in West Germany, legal provisions for attaining equality in education, and basic features of the West German educational system. Section II presents a legal overview of the right to education at the national and international levels. Although the German constitution does not contain an explicit "basic right to education," German policy is said to have been shaped by judicial interpretation, the influence of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, and the FRG's acceptance of the European Social Charter. Developments in German education, from 1960 to 1980, are outlined in Section III. Statistics are presented to document increased government expenditures to meet the growing demands of German students. Discussed next are problems surrounding the "numerus clausus," a system created to enable universities to deal with greater demand for higher education, and the recent creation of a quota system to cope with rising numbers of university applicants from developing countries. Section IV addresses the educational problems of migrant worker children, and describes related government policy. Finally, Section V summarizes efforts to date of the German government to provide equal educational opportunities, and calls for additional measures for the future. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: West Germany
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