Wanting to give the celebratory speech in October – despite the threat of boycott from the left, the SPD and the Greens
Accordingly, there is a lack of teachers in primary schools, special schools and former secondary schools. Consequences of the shortage: Missed lessons, larger classes – and in the worst case even grades are missing on certificates.
“I expect a tightening especially in the new federal states and also in the city-states, especially in Berlin,” said the President of the German Teachers’ Association, Heinz-Peter Meidinger. “But also in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia, the provision of lessons is sewn to the edge.”
In the event of illness, there will also be major supply bottlenecks there. “In the end it is the children who suffer because they do not get good and complete lessons,” said Meidinger. This also frustrates the teachers, as they are unable to achieve their goal of promoting the students as best as possible.
In fact, the times in which the students were especially happy about canceled lessons are over, said the Secretary General of the Federal Schoolchildren’s Conference (BSK), Hannes Leiteritz. Rather, they feared disadvantages for the near future – for example with applications. “Less teaching means less teaching of material. And the material that is not taught cannot be made up in later years,” criticized the high school graduate from Schleiz in Thuringia. “There are gaps that cannot be closed again later, because new material keeps coming up.”
Too few teachers – and more and more students: According to an official forecast, the number of students will rise nationwide by 278,000 to 11.2 million by 2030. The Standing Conference (KMK) announced in May that this is over two percent more than in 2016. She cited the increased birth rate and large numbers of immigrants as reasons.
The federal states are now doing a lot to turn things around: Bavaria wants to respond to the increasing number of students with an expansion of the range of courses: From October there will be 700 new places for primary school teachers. Saxony wants to try to curb the teacher shortage in rural areas with a cash bonus: From January 2019, trainee lawyers are to receive an allowance of up to 1000 euros if they complete their trainee service in rural areas. In Brandenburg, teachers will soon be able to continue working after retirement, if they have particular business interests.
KMK boss Helmut Holter suggests no longer training teachers strictly according to school type. “If we want to ensure that we want to secure teaching in schools, we have to increase the permeability between schools,” said the Thuringian Minister of Education (left). Teacher training should no longer take place according to grammar school, elementary school and secondary school, but according to the age of the children to be taught.123helpme.me This would allow teachers to be deployed more flexibly in different schools.
In Berlin, the shortage of teachers has taken on particularly dramatic traits: According to Education Senator Sandra Scheeres (SPD), there were still 1,250 teachers missing in the capital – more than ever before. A project to fill gaps is called “teaching instead of waiters”: students in teacher training-related master’s courses are offered half-yearly or annual contracts at schools.
From the point of view of experts, the measures come too late. “Forecasts were missed and countermeasures were not taken in time,” said Meidinger from the teachers’ association. “Politicians, including the Federal Ministry of Education, should have asked the universities not to reduce their teacher training capacities so much.” The countries did not respond to the rise in birth rates in time. “There should have been massive teacher recruitment much earlier.”
From the point of view of the Association of Education and Upbringing (VBE), the shortage of teachers is largely homemade. “How can it be that you slip into such an enormous gap?” Criticized VBE boss Udo Beckmann. “If politicians don’t massively readjust and change direction, then I don’t see any relaxation in the foreseeable future.”
Left boss Bernd Riexinger criticized “decades of serious failures” in education policy and called for the immediate recruitment of 10,000 primary school teachers and an increase in the salaries of employed teachers to civil servant level. The FDP politician Nicola Beer spoke out in favor of “an immediate program for the world’s best education”. It is important “that the teaching profession becomes financially more attractive, especially in primary schools. It must be easier for people changing career paths to teach in schools”.
The parents are also excited. “From our point of view, the shortage of teachers is currently worse than it has ever been,” said Federal Parents’ Council boss Stephan Wassmuth. “We are a performance society, you shouldn’t forget that. Parents worry that the basics are missing.” The solution could not be for parents to catch up on the missing material with their children in their free time or to finance tutoring.
Countries also try to fill gaps with lateral entrants. In North Rhine-Westphalia in 2017, according to the Ministry of Education, every ninth newly hired teacher had no basic training. Meidinger is critical of this trend and speaks of an “emergency solution”. “If that happens on a large scale, the quality of teaching deteriorates.”
Beckmann from the VBE points out that some of the newcomers have no educational qualifications at all. “In primary schools in particular, however, we need well-trained educators given the high diversity of the students.” He requires a pedagogical pre-qualification of at least six months.
Due to a serious traffic accident, Autobahn 1 at Stapelfeld in the direction of Lübeck was closed for more than eight hours on Tuesday. One person was seriously injured, three slightly. In addition, a first aider who attempted resuscitation on an accident victim before the emergency services arrived had to go to hospital with a shock. According to the police, three trucks and a flatbed truck were involved in the accident. At times, the traffic jammed up to ten kilometers. At around 4.30 p.m., the highway to the north was released again, the police said.
The driver of a truck loaded with tree trunks had overlooked the end of a traffic jam on the A1 between the Stapelfeld and Ahrensburg junction (Stormarn district). The 69-year-old tried to evade. Nevertheless, he rammed a flatbed truck that was stuck in a traffic jam and was thrown against the central barrier.
Two trucks standing in a traffic jam were also damaged by the evasive wooden truck. A truck loaded with lifting platforms was rammed and the truck standing in front of it – loaded with a container – was slit open at the side. During the evasive maneuver, the timber truck tipped over. The load was distributed over two lanes.
The 61-year-old driver of the flatbed truck from Uetersen was seriously injured in the accident. A first aider resuscitated him until the rescue workers arrived. The 49-year-old first aider from Hamburg suffered a shock during the resuscitation measures and was later taken to hospital. The passenger of the flatbed truck, a 32-year-old Schenefeld, was slightly injured – as was the driver of the truck loaded with lifting platforms – a 54-year-old Lauenburg – and the person who caused the accident from Bad Driburg (North Rhine-Westphalia).
During the clean-up work, a telescopic crane loaded the scattered wood onto a truck. The road had to be cleaned of leaked operating materials.
A total of three volunteer fire brigades, six ambulances, an ambulance vehicle, an ambulance helicopter, the Bad Oldesloe motorway maintenance depot and various patrol cars from the Ratzeburg police department were on duty.
A 39-year-old man was rescued from his burning car by another man after a serious accident in Garrel in the district of Cloppenburg. His car went off the road on Thursday night and then hit a traffic light and a street sign, said a police spokeswoman in the morning. The car overturned and then caught fire.
A local resident noticed the accident and freed the injured man from the wreck. The car burned out completely. The driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries. A breath alcohol test on the 39-year-old showed a value of 1.34 per thousand.
In his dissertation, he is said to have taken texts from authors verbatim in some cases without indicating this. Nevertheless, Frank Steffel (CDU) is now taking action against the withdrawal of his doctorate.
After the revocation of his doctorate because of alleged plagiarism, the Berlin CDU politician Frank Steffel filed a lawsuit against the Free University (FU) Berlin. A spokesman for the Berlin administrative court said the lawsuit by the member of the Bundestag has been pending since February 27. The target for the duration of the procedure is one year. The “Tagesspiegel” had previously reported on the lawsuit.
Steffel still had to justify the complaint, whereupon the FU could also take a position. Only then could a date be set for the start of the process, said the spokesman. The university justified its decision in February with the fact that the CDU member of the Bundestag had taken over the texts of other authors literally or almost literally in his dissertation from 1999 and did not make this appropriately identified.
The Internet platform Vroniplag triggered the plagiarism investigation
Steffel is one of the most prominent Christian Democrats in Berlin and has been a member of the Bundestag since 2009. As the top candidate of the CDU, he was defeated in the 2001 parliamentary elections to the then governing mayor, Klaus Wowereit (SPD).
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As an economist, he did his doctorate on the subject of “The importance and development of entrepreneurs in the new federal states after German unification in 1990”. The Internet platform Vroniplag triggered the university’s investigation through its own research. In the past few years there had been several plagiarism offenses in German politics.
Sources used: AFP news agency
The German police unions have rejected the accusation that the number of participants in the recent Berlin Corona demonstration was downplayed using GDR methods. The police union (GdP) accused Union parliamentary group vice-president Arnold Vaatz of populism on Friday, the German police union (DPolG) described the comparison of the CDU member of the Bundestag as “malicious and vile”.
Last Saturday, thousands demonstrated in Berlin for an end to the Corona requirements. While the organizers spoke of up to 1.3 million participants, according to the police, no more than 20,000 people came. In a guest post for the “Tichys Insight” platform, Vaatz criticized that the “brazen small calculation of the number of participants” corresponded to the GDR media’s approach to the demonstrations in autumn 1989.
The DPolG chairman Rainer Wendt therefore demanded an apology from Vaatz. Berlin’s police officers deserved “respect, trust and appreciation” for their work, Wendt told the editorial network Germany (RND). GdP Vice Dietmar Schilff accused the CDU politician of exacerbating the stimulating climate in society with his “deeply unqualified comments”. “This gives conspiracy fanatics an unnecessary boost, and the risk of infection in our society is anything but averted.”
The day before, the SPD and Greens had clearly criticized Vaatz. A spokesman for the Union faction also distanced himself from its GDR comparison.
The Dresden CDU member of the Bundestag and former civil rights activist Arnold Vaatz has confirmed his intention to give the speech at the ceremony of the Saxon state parliament on October 3rd – despite the threat of boycott by the left, SPD and Greens. “Opposition to my person was to be expected,” said the politician of the “Bild” newspaper in Dresden (Tuesday). Vaatz called the accusation that he compared the Berlin Corona demos with the election fraud in the GDR “nonsense”.
The parliamentary groups of the Left, SPD and Greens had announced that they would not attend the ceremony in the state parliament on the 30th anniversary of German unity and criticized the fact that Vaatz had brought GDR methods to the Berlin police in connection with a demonstration against the Corona rules.
On October 3rd, Vaatz announced a speech on 30 years of the Free State of Saxony and 30 years of reunification. “And of course a few remarks about the current situation so that it doesn’t get boring,” he told the Bild newspaper.
The left-wing faction does not take part in the ceremony of the Saxon state parliament on October 3rd. The CDU member of the Bundestag, Arnold Vaatz, who was invited as a keynote speaker on the Day of German Unity, was not the “suitable personality to speak on this day and at this point,” said parliamentary group leader Rico Gebhardt on Tuesday in Dresden. Vaatz had presented the Berlin police with GDR methods in connection with a demonstration against the Corona rules.
The President of the Landtag, Matthias Rößler (CDU), did the reputation of Parliament a disservice by inviting Vaatz, Gebhardt continued. Party politics and personal favors “apparently” took place. Luise Neuhaus-Wartenberg, who is responsible for the issue of the East in the left-wing parliamentary group, explained that Vaatz had taken the view that those in power today treated the protests against corona containment measures almost like the SED treated the 1989 protests in the GDR. “That does not testify to a clear and impartial view of reality, which we urgently need in order to bring East and West closer together in mutual understanding,” said Neuhaus-Wartenberg.
Last week, the parliamentary groups of the SPD and the Greens decided not to take part in the ceremony in the state parliament. The two parties together with the CDU form the state government in Saxony.
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