Britta Ernst resigns as Brandenburg's Minister of Education

Britta Ernst resigns as Brandenburg Minister of Education

Updated on 04/17/2023 Reading time: 3 min.

Britta Ernst

Britta Ernst

Britta Ernst: Born in Hamburg, she has been Minister for Education, Youth and Sport in Brandenburg since 2017. (Source: Uwe Koch/Eibner press photo/imago images)

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Brandenburg’s Education Minister Britta Ernst resigns. Your successor should already be determined.

Brandenburg Minister of Education Britta ErnstTwitter Logo(SPD) withdraws. Ernst had asked Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD) to resign, the State Chancellery said in PotsdamTwitter Logo on Monday without giving any reason. Woidke complied with the request.

As t-online learned, Ernst is said to have decided to take the step because of a lack of support in the SPD parliamentary group. Pass Away “Märkische Oderzeitung” reports that the opposition has repeatedly asked her to resign.

Prime Minister Woidke thanked Ernst for her “dedicated work”. In difficult times like the corona pandemic, she “performed the office with foresight and a steady hand”. He acknowledged “important milestones” of their work, such as the “continuous improvement of the day-care center staff ratio and the entry into the exemption from contributions”.

Seriously curt at press conference

At a press conference on Monday afternoon, Woidke said he regretted Ernst’s decision. You have taken responsibility in difficult times, especially in the Corona crisis. Dealing with this, the attempt to offer extensive access to educational opportunities despite the pandemic, was exactly the right way, even in retrospect.

Ernst himself only spoke briefly. It was “always a great honor and pleasure” for her to lead the ministry. However, the challenges are great, in order to be able to meet them, “a great deal of unity is necessary”. She did not give any further explanations about her motives.

However, as t-online learned from SPD circles, there had recently been regular arguments about her person within the parliamentary group and in the red-black-green government coalition. Ernst had repeatedly drawn criticism because, among other things, she wanted to convert 200 teaching positions into school social worker positions.

Not only for the Greens, but also for Ernst’s own SPD parliamentary group recently rejected this plan. Among other things, the Minister of Education is said to have now pulled the rip cord and declared her resignation.

State Secretary will be his successor

Born in Hamburg and wife of the Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has been Minister for Education in Brandenburg since 2017, Youth and Sports Twitter Logo Previously she had served as Minister of Education in Schleswig-Holstein .

The successor will be Steffen

Freiberg (SPD), currently Ernst’s State Secretary in the State Ministry of Education. According to the announcement, Woidke said he was sure that “he is the right person for the upcoming tasks”. Freiberg quickly established himself in the ministry and also has previous experience from his role as Secretary of State for Education in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Colleagues surprised by the withdrawal

Colleagues such as Thuringia’s Minister of Education, Helmut Holter (left), were unexpected when the news of the withdrawal came. “Britta Ernst’s resignation comes as a surprise to me,” said Holter to t-online. He got to know her as a “very pleasant colleague” in joint bodies such as the Conference of Ministers of Education. “Britta Ernst has consistently and pugnaciously faced the current challenges in education,” said Holter: “We worked closely and well together, especially in the joint school cloud of the states of Brandenburg, Lower Saxony and Thuringia.” He is now looking forward to working with Ernst’s successor Freiberg, who in the Conference of Ministers of Education “made a special contribution to the digital pact”. Britta Ernst expressed withdrawal: “I got to know Britta Ernst as a committed and competent education politician. She has always worked in a solution-oriented and evidence-based manner, and was popular across party lines. We worked together trustingly and well.”

Prien took over the Ministry of Education from Britta Ernst in Schleswig-Holstein in 2017, from 2014 to 2017 before she changed was Minister of Education after Brandenburg.


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