Bielefeld (dpa / lnw) - The Education and Science Union has warned of the collapse of the school system and serious failures in teaching and learning goals. The NRW state chairwoman Ayla Çelik spoke in the "Neue Westfälische" (Tuesday) of an education system that was characterized by a shortage. "Without significant relief, we are headed towards a collapse." In view of the pandemic and a shortage of skilled workers, Federal Chairwoman Maike Finnern warned for the coming school year: "If we don't get this situation of overload under control, it will be unavoidable that there will be a considerable loss of lessons."
Despite increased spending on schools and additional teaching jobs, the gap between available teaching positions and those actually filled has widened. According to the NRW Ministry of Education, the number of teaching positions has increased by 7,829 to around 160,120 since October 2017. However, around 4,369 of them were not occupied on June 1 of this year. Five years ago, on the other hand, 2,945 of 152,291 positions were vacant.