Teacher: More pay for educational hard work

Berlin wants to pay teachers at hotspots more: as a recognition of their work and incentive to even get to the schools. Because applicants are missing.


    Monday is always the hardest day. On Monday, many children at their school are under tension, says Astrid-Sabine Busse, charged with a weekend without movement. Behind many are two long days when nobody felt responsible for them and they spent most of their time squatting in front of screens. They need special attention. But not only on such days is the job for educators at the elementary school in the Köllnische Heide more than teaching, much more. "Many children need attention, they also want to be hugged." Some are the only ones at home who get up in the morning, they come without breakfast. Teachers and educators take on many additional tasks and take great care of students.


    The director Astrid-Sabine Busse is the chairwoman of the "Interessenverband Berliner Schulleitungen" IBS. She has been teaching elementary school in Berlin-Neukölln for 26 years, and she makes the task noticeably enjoyable. It is a so-called focus school, a particularly high number of children come from socially deprived families. Just five first classes have been enrolled. Buses rave about the bright eyes of children who are looking forward to learning. Students at the focal school are often inquisitive and thankful for their support. "Anyone who gets involved as a teacher will stay that way." But the dilemma is that young teachers after the exam very rarely want to work in Wedding, in Marzahn or in Neukölln. Now Berlin wants to counteract for the first time with financial incentives.

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In the House of Representatives, a law is being prepared by the parliamentary groups of the Red-Red-Green Senate so that allowances can be paid to teachers and educators at special needs schools. 300 euros per month are planned for the teachers at "Schools in Difficult Situations". This category includes all schools where at least 80 percent of children are exempted from paying their own contribution to the acquisition of learning resources.


    These students usually need more attention, more intensive contacts with parents and often also authorities are needed. In addition to the teachers, the educators at these schools should be better paid as part of the initiative. They are thinking about changing the tariffs. It is about the appreciation of the important work, says the school political spokeswoman of the SPD faction, Maja Lasić. The project should also help schools to attract good teachers.


    In times of nationwide shortage of teachers there is a tough competition, even the rectors try to deal fairly with each other. In the end, the young teachers themselves decide which offers to accept. Searching for Berlin's junior high school is – as it is actually called – invited to "Castings". Only these castings are under entirely different auspices than the notorious foreplay invitations from film producers, who can select their actors among a large number of applicants – namely the other way round: in Berlin could easily be a hundred principals to thirty applicants, reports Astrid Sabine Busse.


    In the end, many applicants would prefer to go to schools in middle-class neighborhoods. The focal point schools are often only the newcomers to the page, of which Berlin is currently hiring hundreds. Because so many qualified teachers are missing, people from other professions are recruited. But they need a lot of training and support at school, preferably an experienced college with good teachers, and not an environment with even more inexperienced page beginners.