Education union GEW: No sitting down in the Corona school year

SFrom the point of view of teacher associations, school certificates and final exams should take into account the difficult circumstances of the corona pandemic this year. “An exceptional situation like the Corona crisis requires special regulations: Nobody is allowed to sit down this school year,” said the head of the Education and Science Union (GEW), Marlis Tepe, the editorial network Germany (RND / Thursday).

Abitur and intermediate degree would also have to be taken without an examination based on preliminary work. “There must be compensation for disadvantages for all pupils at general and vocational schools.” The ministers of education urgently need to present a concept “how performance measurement, examinations and degrees are to be designed under Corona conditions,” Tepe demanded at the same time it is ensured that the federal states recognize each other’s qualifications.

The Association of Education and Upbringing (VBE) advocated flexible assessment of the performance and circumstances of the students by the teachers. “There will be no general corona bonus,” said VBE boss Udo Beckmann to the RND. The pedagogical and technical competence of the teachers ensures that the performance is assessed that could be achieved under the given conditions, Beckmann assured.

Knowledge gaps in high school graduates can be bridged

The German Association of Philologists called for the teachers “in the interest of the pupils to have more flexibility in the choice of examination tasks for the Abitur exams”. Basically it is correct to strive for a higher comparability of the degrees through increasingly standardized tasks, said the association chairwoman Susanne Lin-Klitzing the RND. “But in this school year a lot went differently than usual – and often only the teacher on site can assess exactly what could and could not be learned.”


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