M.Thanks to the direct teaching of all subjects, the new school year starts on Monday in 795 general and vocational schools in Schleswig-Holstein. Following the post-crown pandemic restrictions, Education Minister Karin Prien is counting on “as much normality as possible.” “I am very happy that we can start the school year with attendance and that this year we can once again celebrate enrollment in primary and secondary schools together,” the CDU politician said on Wednesday.
The new school year starts next week for 278,200 children and youth in 759 general education schools. This is 2,500 students more than last year. The number of students in vocational schools remained constant at 83,500. “In the fall and winter we may have to take more protective measures depending on the situation. But then the assumption is also valid: schools remain open, ”said Prien.
Daily school life with face-to-face contacts is “a prerequisite for successfully catching up on learning deficits,” said Prien. The relevant program will be continued until the end of the six months. About EUR 20 million is available for additional staff and educational coaching until the end of the year under the substitution fund.
At the moment, however, there is still a shortage of teachers: according to Prien, this mainly applies to the so-called MINT subjects (mathematics, computer science, life sciences and technology) and regionally to the counties of Stormarn and the Duchy of Lauenburg. There are still 211 vacancies in general education schools across the country. But it is much less than the year before – said the minister of education. At the beginning of last school year, there were still about 250 vacancies. Mathematically, almost 99 percent of all positions are currently occupied.
In general, there are 19,564 teaching positions employed in general. In 1903, 2,882 new teachers were employed either temporarily or permanently for the new school year. There are 235 additional jobs compared to the previous school year, Prien said. Ultimately, in 393 primary schools there were still 67 places, in 85 support centers – 59, in 181 communal schools – 76, and in upper secondary schools – 9, and in vocational schools – 9 vacant.
Against the backdrop of the energy crisis, Prien stressed that schools in the country will be a priority. “Schools will remain open and no child will have to freeze.” Nevertheless, potential savings should be found there as well. “They cannot weaken the lessons,” said the pastor.
The president of the regional association of education and science, Astrid Henke, welcomed the continuation of the catching-up program. “But we lack a stronger expansion of school social work and the involvement of class teachers.” They needed relief to look after the students even more intensively.
SPD education politician Martin Habersaat referred to the increase in the exclusion rate. It describes the percentage of students with special educational needs who are taught in support centers. The inclusion issues would arise only marginally. “The class teachers must finally be relieved, but they won’t be this school year anymore.” With the introduction of the right to all-day education, primary schools face a major challenge and a phase where many skilled workers are still lacking. «These tasks will not be solved only by advertisements and self-love. Anyone who asks about the situation at the school around the corner can find out today. “
FDP education politician Christopher Vogt overlooked Prien’s explicit statements about larger construction sites in the education sector. “We are now expecting specific plans from the minister at the right time, thanks to which the functioning of schools and universities in the autumn and winter period can be guaranteed as normally as possible.” There is still no clear commitment by the state government to a college presence in the coming winter.