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Lawmaker criticized for proposal on kids with poor German

Aug 06, 2019 - Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) - A prominent lawmaker with Chancellor Angela Merkel's party is drawing sharp criticism for saying that children who speak little German shouldn't immediately be allowed to enter elementary school.

Carsten Linnemann, a deputy leader of the center-right Union bloc's parliamentary group, told the daily Rheinische Post that "a child who barely speaks and understands German has no place yet in an elementary school." He argued that there should be "mandatory pre-schooling" for such ...