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Saxony-Anhalt wants to pay primary school teachers better

2023-01-19T19:04:54.912Z

The drop in classes is enormous. Even if Saxony-Anhalt has already done a lot, there is a huge lack of teachers. New measures are launched. There was a protest before the announcement.



The drop in classes is huge.

Even if Saxony-Anhalt has already done a lot, there is a huge lack of teachers.

New measures are launched.

There was a protest even before the announcement.

Magdeburg - Teachers should spend an hour a week longer in front of the class, primary school teachers will be better paid and schools will be given budgets to close staff gaps themselves.

Saxony-Anhalt wants to take a number of further steps to counteract the shortage of teachers.

"There is a lack of teachers everywhere, lessons are canceled everywhere," said Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) on Thursday evening in Magdeburg.

“We want to push the drop in classes towards zero,” said Haseloff, who had invited various stakeholders to the State Chancellery for an educational policy dialogue and then presented a package of measures.

The agreed package includes that teachers will be in front of the class for an extra hour a week in the future.

For primary school teachers, this is 28 hours instead of the previous 27, and for secondary school and high school teachers, it is 26 instead of 25 hours.

"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.

Even before the end, the state chairwoman of the Education and Science Union (GEW) in Saxony-Anhalt, Eva Gerth, left the event in the State Chancellery in protest.

She rejects the “compulsion” to work overtime.

This is an additional burden for the teachers.

The measure is "completely unnecessary and sends the wrong signal to the schools," said Gerth.

In addition, the event was not a dialogue, the state government only presented measures.

On the other hand, a long-standing requirement of the GEW has been met.

Saxony-Anhalt follows 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.

He described it as "our clear goal".

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

According to the Education and Science Union, primary school teachers in Saxony-Anhalt earn up to 500 euros less than their colleagues in other school types.

In addition, the schools are to receive a budget in future that they can use to pay for 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.

If teachers are absent due to illness, colleagues from schools in the neighborhood should be seconded quickly in the future, it was said.

In order to offer them an incentive, they should receive an allowance.

In addition, the country will set up a pool of substitutes for the north and south to support schools in emergency situations at short notice, it said.

The decisions also include that the use of after-school care and school staff should be better coordinated in the future.

The trend is towards all-day schools.

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 available from the police.

At the University of Magdeburg, they also want to temporarily enable more subject combinations for prospective teachers.

So far these have been limited.

Basically, the goal is to orient teacher training more towards practice right from the start.

In Saxony-Anhalt, around 93.5 percent of the lessons are mathematically secure.

Tuition varies depending on the type of school.

Most recently, it was 95 percent at primary schools, almost 98 percent at high schools, and 88 percent at secondary schools and community schools.

There are around 14,000 teachers at general schools, around 2,500 of whom work part-time, according to data from the Ministry of Education.

dpa

Source: merkur

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