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Shortage of teachers in the Tölzer Land: elementary and middle schools can only offer compulsory lessons

2021-10-16T16:04:20.081Z

Elementary and middle schools are struggling on many fronts. After a year and a half of the pandemic with a lot of distance learning, the situation now seems to be stabilizing. In return, the schools are suffering from the lack of teachers.



Elementary and middle schools are struggling on many fronts.

After a year and a half of the pandemic with a lot of distance learning, the situation now seems to be stabilizing.

In return, the schools are suffering from the lack of teachers.

Bad Tölz - “We can only offer compulsory lessons,” complains Christian Müller, Rector of the Tölzer Südschule and interim Rector at the Jahnschule.

“In the long run this is boring for the students.

The whole school life suffers from it. "

Most of the mobile reserves are already firmly planned for the schools

The Bavarian Teachers' Association has identified a massive shortage of teachers.

President Simone Fleischmann speaks of a “house of cards that is about to collapse”.

After a long period of distance learning, she thinks it is particularly important to encourage children individually.

But that is not possible because a large part of the mobile reserves are already firmly planned for schools.

At some schools there are only 50 percent trained teachers.

Additional offers such as theater and sports working groups are omitted

"The teaching blanket is very thin throughout Bavaria," confirms Christian Müller.

Compulsory lessons can be offered, also with the help of external teachers.

On the other hand, additional offers such as theater and sports working groups would have to be dropped at his schools: “It is precisely such stories that enrich school life.” Individual support for students is falling by the wayside more and more.

There are not enough qualified staff

If his school was assigned even one more teacher, he would think it was “great. And if we got three more, we could do a lot more. "At the same time, the rector restricts:" Where there is nothing, you can't get anything. " a university degree is not always sufficient if it was acquired in some other area. ”However, it could definitely make sense to involve external staff. Musicians and artists could take on lessons in their fields. Müller would also be happy if young people who want to complete their voluntary social year at the Süd- or Jahnschule get in touch: “You could help with the lunchtime supervision, with hiking days or with the administration.In the past few years we always had one or two FSJ students, this year not a single one has reported. "

It was neglected to look after the next generation of teachers

Jakob Dondl, Rector of the Franz Marc Primary School in Kochel, confirms Müller's remarks: “The basic supply is in order, few or no hours are available for additional offers.

In the past, they were the icing on the cake. "Wistfully Dondl remembers the times when his school could still offer photography, theater and pottery courses:" We now have no more resources for something like this. “It had been neglected to look after the next generation of teachers,“ and now the teachers are missing ”.

His school is currently working on a model with external staff "so that we can still offer something".

“We all fight with the same spirits,” says the rector from Egling

The Eglingen elementary school also suffers from the lack of staff: "We all fight with the same spirits," says Rector Sigrid Prommer.

"We are no better off than other schools - everyone is desperately looking for who can still be involved." In order to be able to offer remedial courses, she has brought in external staff.

The Eglinger can now offer the “German as a Second Language” course.

Apart from that, there is no way to specifically support students with a migration background.

“It's also impossible to offer nice things like a school choir or a theater group.

We limit ourselves to the most urgent funding offer. "

This is what the Tölzer Education Authority says about the problem

School authority director Petra Burkhardt confirms that slightly fewer hours are continuously available for additional offers.

The hours are allocated based on the number of students and not the number of classes: "Since we have many small classes in the district, we need a large proportion of the allocated hours for the compulsory lessons, and there is not so much left for the study groups."

The hours for language training at elementary and middle schools, however, have not been reduced.

Burkhardt's conclusion: "From our assessment, the support at elementary and middle schools can take place as required."

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Source: merkur

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