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Staff shortages in schools: Berlin is making its teachers civil servants again for the first time

2022-07-07T10:05:45.520Z

There is a competition for pedagogical staff: In order to score points, Berlin is going back to making its teachers civil servants. Hundreds of certificates of appointment are to be awarded today.



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Teachers in Berlin in class

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Teachers are rare in Germany, which makes the federal states scramble to find well-trained staff.

With this justification, Berlin is reintroducing civil servants for its teachers for the first time in almost two decades.

This corrects a "major competitive disadvantage," according to a statement from the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family.

In a first step, around 220 teachers are said to be given civil servant status.

A number of them are expected to attend a ceremony in Berlin-Kreuzberg this Thursday.

Education Senator Astrid-Sabine Busse (SPD) and State Secretary for Education Alexander Slotty want to present the certificates of appointment here.

The red-red-green government had already set the goal of returning to civil servants as a goal in the coalition agreement.

It was abolished in 2004.

Other federal states such as Thuringia and Brandenburg had also not made their teachers civil servants for a long time, but hired them as salaried employees, but have since lifted this rule.

Berlin was the only federal state to stick to the employment relationship until the very end.

Critics of this regulation warned that this would ensure that trained teachers would migrate to other federal states.

However, it is disputed whether this point is actually decisive for the shortage of staff in schools.

The Education and Science Union (GEW), for example, warns that the working conditions in schools in the capital need to be fundamentally improved.

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Source: spiegel

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