In fact, the “Leipzig 2021 Education Report” was only on the agenda for the May 19 Council meeting for information. There is no need to vote on that either, because the Department of Youth, School and Democracy presents a new one every year: 250 pages thick and very detailed. It is precisely the details that make visible where things are stuck and missing. This time it was the occasion that SPD City Councilor Andreas Geisler gave a small fire speech.
For it should not really be discussed in Leipzig anymore. It was even one of the reasons for making this annual education report – because 10 or more percent of those who leave school without a high school diploma are simply unacceptable and also incomprehensible in a country where education as a resource is constantly being discussed. But where is it really stuck?
And why do the numbers change so little? In 2021, 9.4 percent of the school students in Leipzig left school without qualifications. They have terrible job prospects, will hardly find well-paid jobs and will suffer from a really bad start in life for the rest of their lives.
And it is only all too well known that this has not only its causes in recent years. The main points are already set when you start school. Children starting here with disabilities can barely catch up with their peers.
Because in school it is always about talking and understanding. The German language is the basis of any educational success. And especially children from families where there is not enough support in this area fail in their school careers.
On page 105 of the education report, one can read, for example: “In addition, the differences in the distribution of upper secondary school qualifications and graduation without at least one upper secondary education were very pronounced; 10.5% of all students left school with a youth certificate, while the proportion of female students was less than half with 5.1%. 11.2% of the pupils and only 7.5% of the female pupils had at least a primary school diploma. ”
In other words, we have a real problem with boys here. In this case, it is closely linked to the children’s migration background.
Because it says: “In terms of school success, there was hardly a difference between high school students with a migration background and students without a migration background. The situation in the high schools must be assessed differently; almost twice as many graduates with a migration background remained here without at least a high school diploma (14.5% to 6.5%).
And it’s not just because there is not enough support for these children in the upper classes. You have to look back to the time before you started school, Geisler emphasized. The subject of preschool would be urgent here.
Which is not new either. He also emphasized this. He’s been dealing with the subject for ten or eleven years now – and nothing has changed. And precisely the Land of Saxony, which is responsible for this, is doing nothing. The city of Leipzig was then to become active again and take care of the matter.
Because if every year alone 400 children were postponed due to noticeable language deficiencies, then it had to be taken up in the day care institutions, which have to step into the parents’ houses. These children in particular need support before starting school so that they can catch up with their peers in terms of language skills. This is often one to two years.
And statistically, it’s a boy’s problem. The education report states on page 30: “If the educational paths are analyzed according to the gender of the participants, there are striking differences, which are primarily reflected in boys’ educational success below average. Boys are much more affected by selection in the school start-up phase and were expelled from school twice as often as girls. “
Leipzig already has a “funding program for day care institutions in these districts”, where there are “socio-spatial differences”. But that is apparently not enough. In any case, Andreas Geisler warned that the subject should be taken up by the youth welfare committee.
Because if the Free State does not see itself as responsible, only the city with its day care facilities can try to improve the chances of all children who have conspicuous arrears in the school entrance examination. Reading, speaking, encouraging participation would be important, Geisler says.
Precisely because the issue has not really been resolved for years, it will again occupy committees and the Council more closely. For no city can afford to abandon children from the start and let them run into a life career where they will always only be left behind and rejected.