Edu­ca­tion paves the way into the pro­fes­sion and thus into the pro­duc­tiv­i­ty of soci­ety as a whole. As demo­graph­ic trends show, few­er and few­er stu­dents will be attend­ing our edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tions in the future.
Despite this, high-qual­i­ty edu­ca­tion must not be cut back. It is par­tic­u­lar­ly impor­tant to cre­ate equal oppor­tu­ni­ties for access to edu­ca­tion. Every pupil, regard­less of whether he or she comes from an aca­d­e­m­ic or work­ing class fam­i­ly, from abroad or Ger­many, should ben­e­fit from state edu­ca­tion that enables him or her to suc­cess­ful­ly par­tic­i­pate in the labour mar­ket. Social dif­fer­ences are still vis­i­ble with­in the dif­fer­ent types of schools.

That has to change. Because invest­ment in edu­ca­tion is also an invest­ment in the per­for­mance of future gen­er­a­tions.