About 2,000 students are currently enrolled in schools in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (MV). However, there could well be more who would actually be required to go to school. This is exactly what the Education and Science Association (GEW) is criticizing. For there are currently about 17,000 refugees from Ukraine in MV. According to the Ministry of the Interior, it is not known how many children and young people among them are entitled to a day care institution or school place. In addition, schools and day care centers already lack staff, money, space and materials, GEW criticizes.
Mv has experience with non-German students
Minister of Education Simone Oldenburg, on the other hand, emphasizes: “We are very well placed in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania to organize and support schooling for refugee children and young people. The concept of teaching all children and young people whose mother tongue is not German has been proven for many years. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has been teaching children and young people whose mother tongue is not German since the 1990s. “
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Compulsory schooling begins with the registration of refugees. In principle, all Ukrainian students are admitted to the local school. Each student is registered in the reporting system. “In this connection, the criticism of lack of overview is unfounded. This is all the more surprising as GEW is also informed about all the innovations and facts in the field of education at a weekly consultation of the Ministry of Education with trade unions, associations, state parent and state student councils, “explains Simone Oldenburg.
Large network for organization and support
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has created a large network with the municipal representatives to organize and accompany the refugee children and young people’s schooling. “I would like to thank all the teachers who teach children and young people every day, including those from Ukraine, in the schools,” says Simone Oldenburg. All Ukrainian students would be admitted to the respective local school – just like all other children and young people whose mother tongue was not German. Then a language knowledge test is performed.
Depending on whether the student can communicate well in German and can read and write, the school management together with the DaZ coordinator decides whether the student can stay at the school or come to a local school with intensive support in ‘German as a second language’ (DaZ) should change. In each of the four state school authorities, there is a school board member for migration and a total of nine DaZ coordinators, who provide advice and lead and coordinate the language support measures, the Minister of Education announced.
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In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, there are currently 94 local schools with intensive support for ‘German as a second language’, and a further 140 local schools can be reactivated if necessary. Each school accepts refugee students from Ukraine, and intensive support in the subject ‘German as a second language’ takes place at the local schools.
For the education of refugee children and young people, the state government will provide 17 million euros in 2021 and 24 million euros in 2022 to schools through the aid program. The funds are earmarked for the care and education of children and young people for language teaching and for special support, in particular through the recruitment of teachers from Ukraine. “Should an additional need arise, additional positions will be made available, funded and advertised immediately. So there is no basis for this criticism either, ”explained Simone Oldenburg.