Saarbrücken (dpa/lrs) – According to Education Minister Christine Streichert-Clivot (SPD), the limited school operations and even the closure of schools during the Corona period has set back children and young people considerably in their development. The results of an investigation presented by the Conference of Ministers of Education in Berlin on Friday were confirmed by the minister in Saarbrücken. It is clear to her: “There must be no more school closures in the coming school year!”
The report also makes it clear that children with a migration background and children from poorer families are particularly affected. “There is a social division here as a result of the restrictions on school operations, which the federal states and the federal government must counteract decisively,” said the minister. She called for the Corona catch-up program for children and young people to be extended and increased. The current program expires at the end of 2022.
According to the study, fourth graders in Germany have increasing spelling, reading and math problems and have fallen significantly behind compared to fourth graders ten years ago. Compared to the last survey in 2016, the decline in reading skills corresponds to about a third and spelling and mathematics to a quarter of a school year, according to the study. Compared to 2011, there are even gaps of around half a school year.
The basis was tests at almost 1,500 schools throughout Germany with around 27,000 fourth graders between April and August 2021. The authors of the study from the Institute for Quality Development in Education (IQB) assume that the corona restrictions are “at least partly” responsible. But you also write that the “unfavorable” developments cannot be clearly attributed to this, since there were already deteriorations between 2011 and 2016.
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