Erfurt (dpa/th) - The new Court of Auditors President Kirsten Butzke criticized what she saw as generous regulations for Thuringian teachers. "In view of the large number of shortage subjects or a lack of teachers in certain areas, it is incomprehensible that the Ministry of Education simply lets urgently needed educators go," said Butzke in an interview with the "Thüringer Allgemeine" (Tuesday) to the address of Helmut Holter ( Left).
The fact that the age limit for early retirement was lowered from 63 to 62 in 2012 is a very generous regulation compared to other federal states. Two-thirds of teachers take advantage of this opportunity. "Few work until they reach retirement age."
The fact that teachers from the age of 55 are released from teaching obligations is also the most generous regulation nationwide. "There is a lot of untapped potential for using teachers' working hours to secure lessons," said Butzke.
She warned that teachers' work had to be reduced back to core tasks. "They are expensively trained as educators and should also be used as educators and not as administrative staff."