Berlin School Room Distress: District fights against larger classes – Berlin


The conflict over the placement of 100 seventh graders is still not resolved. The Senate Department for Education and the district Treptow-Köpenick struggled in vain to reach an agreement on Tuesday and blamed each other for the responsibility. The education administration wanted in the evening “no intermediate status messages”, but the affected families are urgently waiting for information, because the school year is over in four weeks: Even the promised interim decisions have not yet arrived at all.

For the half of the children is based on information from the Tagesspiegels a solution: There is an additional class in Marzahn-Hellersdorf, another could give it at the Köpenicker Wilhelm Bölsche School. So it would still be about 50 students who are not supplied.

The education administration expects Treptow-Köpenick to accept the maximum of 26 per class instead of the recommended 25 children. In contrast, education councilor Cornelia Flader (CDU) defends, especially as places for returns from high schools are to be kept clear: otherwise, these children must be summarized in pure returner classes.

The forecast for the districts.Graphics: Tsp

Only 225 students at the Flatow school

It was unclear on Tuesday, why the education administration is not the free capacity at the Köpenicker Flatow School uses: The special school of sport is under the auspices of the state, which is responsible for the education administration. According to the official school portrait, the number of Flatow students since 2011 has dropped from 300 to 225 – so it would be purely mathematical space, because the school profile is no longer accepted as it used to. It would be conceivable to run these classes as a branch of a neighboring district school. The location would also have the advantage that it would be easily accessible to the untreated district children.

“Full classes save teachers”

The question of why the education administration has not yet approved this option has not been formally answered. Heads do not rule out that the full classes, which arise from the lack of space, come quite convenient to the education administration: they save with full classes teacher posts.

According to reports, it was also part of the “inspection order” of the education administration to search for capacities in the school and sports performance center in Lichtenberg. How many vacancies are there was not cleared in the evening. The city councilor did not accept the allegation of the education administration that Flader “shoved off” her responsibility: she had provided enough places for high school – compared to the sixth graders in the district.

Find school places – somehow. That's what it's all about in the districts right now. (Symbol image).Photo: Felix Kästle / dpa

Also in Lichtenberg are missing places

In fact, that is strongly rising demand is difficult to estimate, especially as the secondary school places are not distributed according to catchment areas. Only children who can not find a place at one of their three desired schools are entitled to a place in their home district. This was true not only for 75 children from Treptow-Köpenick, but also for 25 pupils from Lichtenberg, who now evidently can move to Marzahn-Hellersdorf.

According to the regulation, high school students are reasonable for up to one hour. For a large district such as Treptow-Köpenick, this means that schools in birth-poor areas such as the Grunewald can not be offered to unsupported students – at least this would not endure in court.

One hour travel time by public transport – more may not be expected even Oberschülern in the allocation of a …Photo: imago / Jürgen Ritter

From Pankow to Dahlem

This is different in Pankow: This large district can by far not supply all children, but is so well served by subway and reaches in some places so far into the city center, that Pankower secondary school students this year even as far as Dahlem village could be arranged: “We have thankfully eleven Steglitz-Zehlendorf places “, says Pankow Education Councilor Torsten Kühne (CDU). In the meantime, it has already become a “tradition” for high schools that Pankow pupils should be schooled “as far as the Grunewald”.

Treptow-Köpenick has contemplative corners – and as area district just also other ways for students.Photo: Kitty Kleist-Heinrich

Exhaustive classes – in Pankow for ten years

Due to his wealth of students Pankow sees himself for “at least ten years” not able to set up the secondary school classes with less than 26 children, Kühne explains the constraints of his school office: “We are glad to be able to provide all students at all.” Other districts like Marzahn-Hellersdorf had all these years several places left.


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