Education: In the Zollernalb district there is a massive shortage of teachers / number of students at a stable level for the new school year
At the start of the new school year there are bottlenecks in the supply of teachers in the Zollernalb district, according to the Albstadt State Education Authority – especially at elementary schools and special needs education and advice centers (SBBZ). Other schools are also looking to the new school year with “great concern” when it comes to staff.
Zollernalb district. School authorities director Gernot Schultheiß announced that they were able to welcome a total of 72 new teachers for the districts of Zollernalb and Sigmaringen, six more than in the previous year. Nevertheless, the problems are just as serious as at the beginning of the last school year: Not all teaching positions are filled. Nevertheless, the basic supply is guaranteed. However, as in the previous year, there are no types of school in the area of responsibility of the Albstadt State Education Authority available, so that substitute positions in the event of teachers being absent can only be done through the acquisition of contract teachers.
The Albstädter Schulamt uses applications from educators in the extracurricular area: Kindergarten teachers, speech therapists, curative teachers, lecturers from the university sector, trained music and art teachers, sports teachers and experienced teachers from the area of adult education centers and other educational institutions complete almost every teaching staff in the school authority district.
With a total of 189 working relationships and a total of 2973 teaching hours to be performed – which corresponds to around 110 full-time teachers – this proportion was increased again by 24 full teacher assignments compared to the previous year. The schools also receive great support from the retired teachers who work at the schools for an entire school year and thus guarantee the provision of lessons at the start of the school year.
The schools are going into the upcoming school year with great concern because substitute positions beyond the compulsory area are only possible at a few locations. There are hardly any substitute teachers with corresponding specialist training available nationwide, so that some schools have to have timetables with merged classes and reduced range of lessons available in advance.
According to Schultheiss, the Ministry of Education was informed about this inadequate supply of teachers and, with support from Stuttgart, the call for tenders for new teachers was promoted in the replacement process. With poor results: A teacher could be won for the Zollernalb district, but none at all for the Sigmaringen district.
The result: There are no additional educational courses offered at schools in the area of responsibility of the Albstadt State Education Authority, and there is no sustainable illness reserve. According to Schultheiss, this will lead to “major supply emergencies” at various locations over the course of the school year.
Meanwhile, the number of students in the Zollernalb district remains at a stable level. For 1535 first graders (previous year: 1540) the so-called seriousness of life begins these days. The Albstadt State Education Authority assumes that the number of school enrollments will stabilize or even increase slightly in the next few years due to a further moderate increase in the birth rate and immigration.
This means that in the new school year, a total of 13 611 children and young people (previous year: 13 733) will go to school in elementary schools, technical and secondary schools, community schools and special needs education and advice centers in the Zollernalb district.
1548 pupils left primary schools at the end of the 2020/2021 school year. In the school year 2021/2022, 161 pupils will attend the technical secondary schools, 657 the secondary schools and 181 the community schools in grade 5. In particular at the Werkrealschulen and at the Realschulen, the number of pupils is declining, at the community schools the pupil registrations have increased compared to the previous year, likewise at the grammar schools.