District - For the second year in a row, the Abitur exams take place under Corona conditions.
Nevertheless, the 347 high school students and around 500 FOS / BOS students in Erding are well prepared.
Next week it will be serious for hundreds of high school and FOS / BOS students in the Erding district.
The Abitur exams begin on Wednesday, May 12th.
Let's start with German.
Math follows six days later. The heads of the three high schools in the district agree that the 347 high school graduates - despite the corona pandemic - are well prepared this year as well.
It is the second high school diploma in the corona pandemic. “The high school graduates had to cope with a lot of fear this year,” says Regine Hofmann, director of the Anne Frank Gymnasium (AFG) in Erding. "To be tested positive for the virus is currently hanging over you like the sword of Damocles." Otherwise the graduates would be electrified, as were the 102 test subjects the year before: "They are in a tunnel, focused and concentrated on the tasks." The students are tested three times a week to make the final days of class as safe as possible.
It was not an easy year for the 347 high school graduates in the district.
The pandemic shaped three out of four semesters of the upper school, but none of the students postponed their Abitur to the coming year.
At the Korbinian-Aigner-Gymnasium in Erding, 152 high school graduates are taking the exams this year, compared to 163 in the previous year.
"The students are well prepared, the teachers taught the material well," says KAG director Andrea Hafner.
“The pure transfer of knowledge also worked very well digitally, because the students learned to work independently and on their own initiative.
Quite elementary for a course of study. ”In addition, the graduating classes had had face-to-face classes since February, Hofmann recalls:“ The students quickly got back into their learning rhythm. ”
The high school graduates of all three high schools should have the opportunity to be tested the day before the exams.
If you don't want this, you have to take the exams in another room.
The same applies to students who are in quarantine as a first-degree contact person.
They are allowed to interrupt this for the Abitur.
This year it is not possible to take the exams in the gym, explains Markus Höß, director of the Dorfener Gymnasium.
"We had to reorganize, we will distribute the 114 high school graduates in small groups on the first and second floor."
The scenario is similar in the two Erdinger grammar schools; there, too, the examinees are divided into small groups.
"The high school graduates should concentrate on the exams, the stress should be as low as possible," says Höß.
There was a lot of argument as to whether the Abitur could not represent a flaw due to the simplification of the content for the students.
Parents were afraid that it might be a hurdle in professional life.
The school principals see it differently.
"It is an equivalent Abitur, the task was already done last year," emphasizes Hofmann.
Höß is convinced that many will again finish with top marks - as in previous years.
His wish: "At least the high school graduation ceremony in July we want to have a ceremonial handover of the certificates." It is important to him to celebrate the high school diploma appreciatively, especially in the difficult Corona year: "The high school graduates deserve this in the current situation."
At the FOS / BOS in Erding, the final oral exams in English will begin next week for around 500 students. As a precautionary measure and because of the high incidence values in the district after Easter - especially in the group of 15 to 19-year-olds - headmaster Jens Baumgärtel sent the students to homeschooling at an early age. At the FOS / BOS, too, the number of cases of infection had increased again since the end of the Easter holidays.
If the school had continued classroom teaching, around 15 teachers would be continuously in quarantine, with an average of two to three cases of infection per week at the FOS / BOS, including English teachers.
Baumgärtel wanted to avoid this with a view to the English exams next week.
Because in contrast to schoolchildren, a quarantine ordered by the health department may not be interrupted by the teachers for the examination.
That is why it was important to “reduce the contacts in the last few weeks before the start of exams at our school, especially in the final classes, to the absolute minimum so that the exams can be carried out in an orderly manner.” In addition, the first vaccination of 22 FOS began last Friday / BOS teachers.
MICHAELE HESKE and ANNA HOBMAIER