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Huge demo in North Rhine-Westphalia – teacher complains: "I buy notebooks for the school children with my own money"

2023-12-05T15:37:44.700Z

Highlights: Huge demo in North Rhine-Westphalia – teacher complains: "I buy notebooks for the school children with my own money".. Status: 05.12.2023, 16:28 PM GMT. 15,000 public sector workers were on the streets in Düsseldorf. Many of them come from the school and education sector. It's about more money – but by no means only. The shortage of skilled workers is pushing many employees to their limits.



Status: 05.12.2023, 16:28 PM

By: Peter Sieben

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Corinna Weiler and Klaus Volmer are employed teachers in Düsseldorf. © Peter Sieben

15,000 public sector workers were on the streets in Düsseldorf. More money was at stake. Many, however, complain above all about a completely different grievance.

Düsseldorf – Corinna Weiler stands in front of the state parliament and shakes her fist. "I work to the point of burnout and get paid a lot less than my peers," she says. The red plastic rain cape with the union logo only partially protects the employed teacher against the rain in Düsseldorf – but she still holds out. Together with more than 15,000 other demonstrators from all over North Rhine-Westphalia who work in the public sector. Many of them come from the school and education sector. It's about more money – but by no means only.

Demo in Düsseldorf: There is a lack of teachers

Corinna Weiler works at a secondary school in Düsseldorf. The career changer is not a civil servant and earns hundreds of euros less than her fellow civil servants: "Even though I do the same work." Actually, she is employed as an English teacher, but she also teaches biology, music, art – "basically everything," she says. Because there was a lack of teachers.

Employed teacher buys pencils and notebooks for the children with his money

The situation is similar for her colleague Klaus Volmer. The man with the distinctive moustache is a technology teacher, and there is a shortage of staff there. "The majority of children would like to go into the trades one day, but 50 percent of the technology lessons have recently been cancelled because we don't have teachers." In addition, many of the children at the school come from socially disadvantaged families. Often they don't have any writing materials with them – simply because they don't have the money. Volmer then buys pencils and notebooks with his own money. "Nothing comes from school or from the country."

In net terms, he earns 900 euros less than his colleagues with civil servant status. "Of course, I can live on my salary and I don't just do my job for the money. But it's just unfair," he says. As an employee, he also does not have allowances or private health insurance.

Social workers and educators: Many are at their limit

Around 200,000 of the 800,000 teachers in Germany are not civil servants, and the trend is rising. At the same time, the shortage of teachers is growing: The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs recently predicted that there will be a shortage of around 2025,25 teachers by 000. Actually, the job should be made palatable to career changers in particular, but the opposite is the case, says Volmer.

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The public sector unions are currently demanding a wage increase of 10.5 percent overall, but at least 500 euros more per month for employees in the federal states. In schools, this does not only affect teachers, according to the Education and Science Union (GEW). Its boss, Maike Finnern, recently emphasized the use of social pedagogues, school social workers and educators, among other things. The shortage of skilled workers is pushing many employees to their limits. "At least the salary has to be right – also and especially in order to attract many more young people to the teaching profession," says Finnern.

Corinna Weiler can understand why young people decide against such a career. "Sometimes I have my doubts. In my old job in the private sector, I would earn much more," she says.

Source: merkur

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