Scholarship program for 23 prospective teachers in Brandenburg

Brandenburg Minister of Education Britta Ernst (SPD) awarded the first scholarships for future rural teachers in Potsdam. 22 of the 23 fellows personally received the certificates on Monday at the State Chancellery, as announced by the ministry. From 1 October you will receive a scholarship of 600 euros per month. This also includes special training courses, school fairs, and a mentoring program.

To do this, the beneficiaries had to commit to an internship, their practical semester and preparatory service at one of the 53 selected schools. Also, after graduation, they must work there as teachers for at least as many semesters as they were previously on the scholarship. According to the ministry, 15 schools in nine districts participate in the first round.

One-time scholarship for teachers in Germany

“The Brandenburg Scholarship in its current form is unique in all of Germany,” said Ernst. “Through early contact with the respective school – the staff, students and parents – and with the location, a bond that lasts for the long term should be built and which ultimately many participants benefit from, especially our students.”

In the first round, 47 student teachers applied for 25 advertised scholarships, of which 23 were selected for primary, lower secondary and special education, the ministry said. Most of the fellows come from the University of Potsdam, but also from Berlin, Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony. The program will continue over the next few years to attract more teachers to special needs schools.

Left faction criticized: the program is not enough

The left faction in the state parliament criticized the program as insufficient. “Supporting 25 students only after they have completed their masters is too shortsighted,” said Kathrin Dannenberg, spokesperson for education policy. “We won’t even cure the teacher shortage in rural areas.” Rather, more permanent posts should be created for teachers in the long run. In addition, it is important to hire more school social workers and ensure the work of the school nurses.

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“In this way, we can bring teachers to regions where there is a desperate need,” explained the spokesman for education policy of the parliamentary group of the CDU, Gordon Hoffmann. “Anyone who has gained a foothold in the region and knows the benefits will ideally stay in the region for the long term.”

By RND / dpa

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