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Germany has decided that students who have fled Ukraine can study in Germany without proof of graduating high school.
A statement issued by the European Commission on April 25 states that the Conference of Ministers of Education (KMK) has taken such a decision based on the fact that regular final state exams cannot be held for Ukrainian students due to the war in Ukraine this year, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
In this regard, the President of the KMK and Minister of Education of Schleswig-Holstein, Karin Prien, pointed out that students affected by the war should not suffer any disadvantage.
According to the EU Commission, it should also be made easier for Ukrainian students to transfer to a German university in their first year, even if they have not completed their academic year.
“Specifically, Ukrainian students who do not have a school-leaving certificate and would like to study in Germany should apply directly to the preparatory college at the university. People who are already studying should also contact the universities directly,” the statement reads.
In addition, Ukrainians who have already qualified for higher education but do not have the opportunity to submit the required documents due to the flight, they are allowed to complete a three-stage credibility check procedure. The procedure has been introduced for refugees in 2015.
The European Commission has also noted that the measures taken for the Ukrainian refugees were severely criticised on social networks.
“For example, Hana Corrales asked on Twitter: “Why does a Syrian doctor have to start at minus 0, Abitur and C1 learn German, and a Ukrainian doesn’t?” Every day a new thing that you afford.”
The claim of unequal treatment and preferential treatment of Ukrainian refugees compared to other refugees has long been discussed.
In addition, a new outcry has been triggered by a written statement from Bavarian integration officer Gudrun Brendel-Fischer (CSU), emphasising in an official newspaper: “Ukrainian refugees should not be told how a washing machine works, or that cooking is not allowed on the floor of the room.”
The Refugee Council spokesman Stephan Dünnwald has said that Brendel-Fischer is no longer acceptable after this statement for “politically determining unequal recognition of reasons to flee to cultural or civilisational differences”.
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