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Poaching of teachers: Bavarian parents' association settles with Söder


Bavaria's Prime Minister wants to poach thousands of teachers nationwide - and thus snubs the other federal states. Experts speak of a "dam burst", even Bavarian parents are outraged.

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"Irresponsible for what Bavaria is doing": Pupils in Upper Bavaria

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The poaching campaign for teachers from other federal states announced by Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) has met with massive criticism from experts, but also from parents.

At a meeting of the CSU parliamentary group, Söder said he wanted to create 6,000 new teaching positions because of the shortage of teachers at home.

Because these forces are currently not available on the labor market, the Prime Minister wants to explain the advantages of Bavaria to the educational staff in other federal states and also pay for help with moving.

Education experts sharply criticize the announcement.

"I think it's irresponsible what Bayern is doing there.

The fact that a country is so explicitly launching a relocation and incentive package is a dam burst," said educational researcher Dirk Zorn from the Bertelsmann Foundation in an interview with the "Augsburger Allgemeine".

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Zorn emphasized that the shortage of teachers is a Germany-wide challenge that can only be solved together.

Söder's plans "eroded all trust that we, as a country, will face this task together and give all children opportunities for participation and a good education".

Söder's plans had also caused criticism in other federal states, since the states had actually agreed to refrain from such poaching campaigns.

"So far little more than contempt"

The Bavarian Parents' Association (BEV) also expressed biting irony.

In an open letter to Söder it says: “You have had little more than contempt for the education of other federal states.

In view of this, you should be ashamed, well, if you have to go fishing for teachers in the once frowned upon Bavarian "abroad".'

BEV chairman Martin Löwe continues: "But you believe that you have a certain right to do so, with reference to Bavaria's high contributions to the state financial equalization system.

We Bavarian parents are ashamed of that in your place.« Bavaria received money from the financial equalization »decades« and only managed to develop from a poor agricultural country into a rich industrial location with solidarity from the north.

Education researcher Dirk Zorn advocates that the federal states do not alienate their teachers from each other, but instead leverage previously untapped potential.

In this way, the qualifications of immigrant teachers could be recognized more easily.

With a view to Bavaria, Zorn also sees other opportunities for career changers – because, unlike in other federal states, there are significantly fewer in Bavaria.

In Bavaria there is still capacity to accompany these people well, said Zorn.


Source: spiegel

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