Munich (dpa / lby) - Bavaria's students feel neglected by politicians in the inflation and energy crisis. "As with the Corona crisis, there is a risk that the students will be forgotten," said the spokeswoman for the Bavarian State Student Council, Johanna Weidlich, according to the announcement in Munich. According to her, measures by the federal government, such as the heating cost subsidy, only affect citizens in Germany who are subject to income tax. "Hardly any student has such an income." In view of rising housing and food prices, however, support is "bitterly needed".
As a survey by the German Press Agency among the large student unions in Bavaria revealed, a considerable increase in ancillary costs is expected in some cases. Stadtwerke München expect an increase in ancillary costs of around 30 to 40 percent for the 2021/2022 accounting year. In the following year there could even be an increase of 40 to 50 percent. The Studentenwerk Würzburg assumes an increase of 20 to 35 percent. In addition, the entire university landscape is "threatening to slip back into a crisis mode like during Corona," said the state student representatives. "Chronically underfunded universities find it difficult to compensate for such unpredictable costs." According to the student representatives, rumors are currently making the rounds that universities could be closed and distance learning could be back on the agenda. "However, a closure of the universities would be fatal. In this way, the rising energy costs would only be passed on to the individual students."