Why do the lessons continue to rise
Education Minister Prien has announced further easing steps for schools. In ten districts and urban districts, all students return to schools at least in alternating classes.
From Monday, March 15, in Kiel, Lübeck and Neumünster as well as in the districts of Plön, Rendsburg-Eckernförde, North Friesland, Dithmarschen, Steinburg, Pinneberg and Ostholstein, students from grade 7 will return to their classrooms. If you are not preparing for the exam, there will be alternate classes until the Easter break. Grades 1 to 6 are taught face-to-face. Education Minister Karin Prien (CDU) announced this on Monday: "I am optimistic that with this opening step we will survive until the Easter break."
Decisions for five districts only on Wednesday
In Flensburg and the districts of Schleswig-Flensburg, Segeberg, Stormarn and the Duchy of Lauenburg, the infection process will be observed for two more days, said Prien. On Wednesday it should be communicated how things will continue in the schools there from March 15. "That also means that the schools have to prepare for a possible change," said the minister. For the city of Flensburg, she promised alternating classes in elementary schools if the incidence value there should continue to fall.
Prien: Development in the Duchy of Lauenburg is not clear
In the Schleswig-Flensburg district there could be a change to face-to-face teaching for grades 1 to 6. The outskirts of the city of Flensburg are excluded from this option. In the Duchy of Lauenburg, the development is not clear, said Prien: "But a change to the presence at the primary schools seems possible if the number of infections allows it. The same applies to a change to the alternation in the secondary schools."
Tightening possible in Segeberg and Stormarn
The number of infections is currently increasing in the Segeberg and Stormarn districts. "That can mean - and we will decide on Wednesday - that we have to go back to alternating classes in elementary schools," said Prien. If so, the opening steps in secondary schools would be postponed.
Grades 5 and 6: Emergency care during final exams
The first Abitur exams and exams for the first general education and secondary school leaving certificate will take place this month. On the exam days there will only be emergency care in grades 5 and 6. "Where more is feasible in terms of school organization, lessons can also take place. But here the final classes with their exams definitely have priority," explained Prien. In order to be able to carry out the tests in a Corona-compliant manner, a lot of space and personnel would be required. Primary schools are not affected.
No changes for graduating classes and children with special educational needs
The minister announced that nothing would change for the graduating classes until the Easter holidays, as these are well established. Nothing will change for the time being for pupils with special educational needs either: alternating lessons and emergency care should continue to take place in all grades according to individual requirements. According to Prien, parents of students from grade 7 onwards have the option of taking their children off from classroom or alternating classes.
Vaccination for teachers - self-tests for students
In addition, employees at primary and special schools can register for the vaccination from Tuesday, March 9th, 5 p.m. Furthermore, Prien expects that the first self-tests for schoolchildren at the schools will arrive in the next week. These should initially be used for the final grades and older students. According to its own information, the country has ordered a total of more than 1.2 million self-tests.
Prien calls for: Close knowledge gaps with a learning billion
Education Minister Prien said that teaching at a distance caused gaps for some students. In order to close this again, Prien calls for a large-scale tutoring program in the schools. Private providers, students and former teachers should be involved in this. "What we urgently need in Germany is a billion-dollar learning curve," said Prien. One of the children, who will be helped on the jumps again, could develop the vaccine for the next big pandemic.
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NDR 1 Welle Nord | News for Schleswig-Holstein | 03/08/2021 | 17:00 o'clock
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