In view of the rampant shortage of teachers, the German Association of Philologists (DPhV) is calling on the state ministers of education to promote more teachers at grammar schools again. "In times of a massive shortage of teachers, we urgently need better incentives to keep proven teachers in schools so that they don't retire prematurely in view of the stress," said the association's chairwoman, Susanne Lin-Klitzing WELT.
"Anyone who enters the teaching profession with the same pay grade that they leave with 35 years later is demotivated," says Lin-Klitzing. This makes the profession unattractive for young people as well. According to the association, salary brackets A 13 to 16 are actually intended for civil servants in grammar schools, depending on which additional tasks are taken on. However, the A14 is hardly ever awarded, school heads are often assigned to the A15 salary group instead of the A16 as planned. This applies in particular to the eastern federal states.
The philology association is now demanding better and more consistent opportunities for advancement for teachers. “Anyone who works in the management team at the grammar school and takes on special tasks must also get an A15 position. Anyone who heads a high school must also receive an A16 salary. These rules must finally be observed again," said Lin-Klitzing.
While teachers also earn more money within their grade with increasing experience, real advancement is only possible by moving to a higher grade. The level of civil servants' salaries varies between the federal states. In North Rhine-Westphalia, for example, a teacher with experience level 8 and salary group A13 earns a basic salary of 4980 euros per month, but with salary group A15 5973 euros. There are also family allowances. In the highest experience level 12, the basic salary is 5498 euros in A13 and 6858 euros in A15.
However, the opportunities for promotion alone are not enough to make schools more attractive as a workplace, said Lin-Klitzing. In addition, the hourly rate must be reduced, relief granted, extra-curricular tasks reduced and non-teaching staff hired for professional IT support, she demanded: “Teachers must have time for the students and for their subject lessons again and be relieved of bureaucratic tasks will."
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