government is pushing companies to make digitization a core part
of their strategy under its initiative dubbed "Industrie 4.0"
and wants to improve digital education and training.
Speaking at an information technology conference, Merkel said
teachers may find themselves in the uncomfortable position that
their students know just as much or perhaps even more than they
do when it comes to digital processes.
She added that she had already experienced this social
phenomenon during German unification when many young teachers
came to retrain east Germans with new skills.
"This is not easy because we are all raised to think the older
we become the wiser we become, and that we naturally climb up
the hierarchy, and not that we find out at the end of our
careers what we don't know," Merkel said.
Merkel said Germany had a "good starting point" but was still
far from being world leader when it came to digitization.
(Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by Tom Heneghan)
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