Cancellations for Kretschmann’s idea of ​​working hours in schools

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April 26, 2022 – 11:51 am look

Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) – Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg Winfried Kretschmann (Verdi) has received a series of rejections for his proposal to extend working hours in schools. Unions are outraged that the Prime Minister has suggested an extra hour for teachers to ensure better education in the country. Even professional associations show him the red card and accuse the state government of not having invested more years ago in expanding jobs.

“I don’t think a global moral demand is timely now,” said the president of the German Teachers’ Association, Heinz-Peter Meidinger. A call for overtime volunteers is certainly allowed, he told Südwestrundfunk (SWR) on Tuesday. But Germany probably needs more than 20,000 new teachers – and currently no one knows where they might come from. Ukrainian teachers are also helpful, but they cannot bring the solution.

Kretschmann discussed longer working hours for teachers on Monday evening to ensure better education in the country. A lot of teachers are women and many of them work part-time. “If they all worked an hour more, an hour, I would have 1,000 more teachers, which I urgently need”, calculated the Green politician in a round table on the “Stuttgarter Zeitung”. The school plays a central role in combating the shortage of skilled labor, which is already a major problem in Baden-Württemberg. “We have to take longer.”

In the Southwest, there are as many as 110,000 teachers in general schools. In elementary schools, in particular, the share of female teachers is very high.

Monika Stein, head of the GEW education union, was outraged by Kretschmann’s proposal. “He is completely wrong,” she told the German news agency. “Part-time teachers don’t work less because it’s fun to earn less, but because part-time work is necessary to do your job well.” It is also about reconciling family and work.

After two years of a pandemic with excessive stress, many teachers and school leaders are however already at the end of their power, the union leader said. There are now children and young people who have fled Ukraine. “If I increase the load further, many more teachers will be absent.”

Gerhard Brand of the Education and Training Association (VBE) is of the same line: “The question of working time is pulled out of the drawer again, of all, at a stage in which teachers have been working to the limit for some time without complaining to cause of the pandemic and the war, “he said of the dpa. Kretschmann’s proposal is impractical. However, it has been shown that there is an enormous willingness to help the thousands of Ukrainian refugee children, especially among retired teachers and students. “But the country is unable to coordinate the organizations that want to be involved,” Brand criticized.

Ralf Scholl of the Association of Philologists described Kretschmann’s claims as irresponsible. “As a teacher or student in Baden-Württemberg, you now feel like a Kretsch test dummy,” he said. “You are crammed into the school system and that causes the state government to crash into the wall.”

Above all, Kretschmann had to calculate better: on the one hand, it was enough for 1,000 more teaching positions if only one in three part-time employees worked an extra hour. “On the other hand, however, part-time work is only paid part-time,” Scholl said. Is it unpaid and voluntary? Given the weight, this is naive and demoralizing. “The teachers aren’t lazy, they’re exhausted,” Scholl said.

The SPD accuses Kretschmann of “waking up from slumber” and of acknowledging the acute shortage of teachers. “But instead of looking at his nose, he is now pointing the finger at the teachers,” criticized the parliamentary group’s education expert, Stefan Fulst-Blei. “Appreciation looks different.”

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Source: DPA

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