Those entitled to vote spoke out clearly in favor of the introduction of the nationwide day school. 80.8 percent vote in favour. With 58,809 to 38,444 votes, they also accepted the more expensive version of the municipal council.
This means that Zurich spends CHF 126 million a year on the day school. The city council had only proposed 75 million per year. The difference between the two childcare proposals is based on higher childcare costs, delayed times and lower contributions by parents to the meals.
The electorate narrowly rejected the City Council’s motion by 51,829 to 50,942 votes. However, 67 percent of those entitled to vote approved the municipal council’s application. The tie-breaking decision falls accordingly clearly with 60 per cent of the more expensive variant. The turnout was 47 percent.
Parties majority in favour
In principle, the SVP is the only party opposed to the nationwide introduction of day schools. When voting for variants, she chose the city council version. The FDP and Mitte also rejected the more expensive variant.
The left-wing parties in the municipal council and the EVP had pushed through the more expensive variant. The GLP supported both variants, but in the casting vote it also spoke out in favor of the municipal council variant.
So far, the day school has been introduced in 30 schools in the city of Zurich. It should apply to all schools by 2030. Zurich is the first city in Switzerland to introduce this model across the board. It is intended to enable parents to better combine work and family life.