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Teachers at primary schools in Bavaria and Saxony


Two federal states have announced new measures against the shortage of staff in schools. Bavaria wants to rely on career changers, in Saxony-Anhalt teachers will have to work an hour longer in the future.

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Teacher in a school class (symbolic photo)

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How to combat the teacher shortage?

In the future, Bavaria wants to focus more on career changers and pay teachers at primary and secondary schools better.

In Saxony-Anhalt there will also be a salary increase at primary schools.

In addition, all teachers there should teach one hour more per week.

The Ministry of Culture in Bavaria wants to expand the possibilities for lateral entry at middle and special schools as well as for certain subjects at secondary schools, high schools and vocational schools from the coming school year, as Minister Michael Piazolo (Free Voters) announced on Friday in Munich.

»We are making the path to teaching much more flexible than before.«

Another means of combating the teacher shortage: more money.

In the future, salary group A 13 will also apply as the starting salary at elementary and secondary schools, which, according to the Bavarian Civil Service Association, is almost 4,800 euros.

According to the ministry, 17 million euros have been earmarked for this in the budget.

Additional work is intended to compensate for the lack of teachers

Saxony-Anhalt has decided on a number of measures to limit the loss of lessons.

For example, teachers should be in front of the class for one hour more per week and the schools should be given budgets to close staff gaps themselves.

"We want to push the drop in classes towards zero," said Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) on Thursday evening in Magdeburg, where various stakeholders met in the State Chancellery for a dialogue on educational policy.

At elementary schools, the number of hours increases from 27 to 28, at secondary schools and high schools from 25 to 26. "This brings us to the German average," said Haseloff.

The obligation should be limited in time and the additional hours should either be remunerated or credited to a working time account.

The regulation should apply from the coming school year.

According to Haseloff, around half of the around 1,000 missing workers in the schools can be compensated for.

The Education and Science Union (GEW) and the German Union Confederation (DGB) criticized the planned overtime.

Saxony-Anhalt is also following the example of other states and will pay primary school teachers better in the future.

The Prime Minister said that the gradual increase in salaries should begin as early as this year.

The state parliament, which is currently discussing the budget, will decide how the stages are designed.

According to GEW, primary school teachers in Saxony-Anhalt earn up to 500 euros less than at other types of schools.

In addition, the schools should in future receive a budget with which they can pay people who help to avoid class failures.

According to Haseloff, this could compensate for around 350 missing jobs and cost 20 to 25 million euros.

So far, a lot of money has not been spent in the education sector because there are no applicants for advertised positions.

The country also wants to break new ground in teacher training.

"We want to try out a dual study model in Saxony-Anhalt," said Science Minister Armin Willingmann (SPD).

There should be a candidate model for primary and secondary schools.

After entering public service, the women and men completed their studies as employees.

This model is also used by the police.


Source: spiegel

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