GEW: Immense shortage of skilled workers in education

Vicious circle of overload and shortage

According to the Education and Science Union (GEW), the shortage of skilled workers in the education sector is getting out of hand. “In the next five to six years we will be short of 200,000 employees in early childhood education and 250,000 in schools,” said GEW chairwoman Maike Finnern before the start of the GEW trade union day in Leipzig on Tuesday. If the vicious circle of overload and shortage is not broken, there is a risk of an even greater shortage of teachers.

improvement of working conditions needed

Finnern demanded better working conditions and a reduction in stress. Almost 92 percent of the teachers currently reported that they were overloaded. In addition, there is a dropout rate of up to 50 percent in some teacher training courses. “Without attractive framework conditions, we will not get any young people,” emphasized the GEW boss.

In the coming years, GEW expects up to 400,000 children and young people from Ukraine to be cared for and taught in day-care centers and schools. “This increases the shortage of skilled workers again, because tens of thousands of specially trained teachers are needed for this,” explained Finnern.

Without an attractive framework, we will not have any offspring.


Maike Finnern
GEW Chair

Needs concrete handling for Corona autumn

The GEW pays particular attention to how the federal government is dealing with the corona pandemic. “I am stunned that the schools have still not been made fit in the third year of the pandemic,” Finnern complained. Many buildings are in a desolate condition. In addition, the Infection Protection Act, which expires on September 23, urgently needs to be extended in order to give schools a concrete handle for health protection measures. “And please no more short-term changes. They bring the schools to the edge of what is feasible.”

More civic education in the curriculum

In addition, according to the education union, political education in schools must be given a much higher priority. “This often gets far too little attention in the curriculum, often has the highest dropout rate and is unfortunately still often taught by non-specialist teachers,” explained Finnern. Daycare centers and schools are places where democracy can be learned.

At the trade union day of the GEW in Leipzig, 432 delegates from 16 federal states will discuss current problems until Friday. The trade union convention of the largest organization in the field of education only takes place every four years.

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