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Up to a third of the teachers exempted from teaching – for fear of Corona

  • An inquiry by the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” to the ministries of culture showed that up to a third of all teachers had been exempted from teaching for fear of a corona infection.
  • Doctors, such as the President of the Federal Association for Pediatricians, Thomas Fischbach, show no understanding for this.
  • Medical associations are now calling for schools and daycare centers to be opened because the infection rate among children is low.

German doctors are displeased with the many exemptions from teachers from teaching during the corona pandemic. According to reports from the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”, in some countries up to a third of all teachers have been exempted from teaching.

Instead, they do work for the school from home, if requested and possible. According to a survey by the Ministry of Education, the proportion in Lower Saxony is around 20 percent.

The President of the Federal Association for Pediatricians, Thomas Fischbach, expressed his displeasure with the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”. “It is incomprehensible that the professional group of teachers claims such a privilege,” says Fischbach.

According to him, other professional groups such as pediatricians have a significantly higher average age and would still be on the “health front” to “actually care for sick patients”.

Up to a third of all teachers are on sick leave

An inquiry by the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” to the ministries of culture in the individual federal states had shown that up to a third of all teachers sometimes do not currently teach at school.

The reason for this was often given to old age or other personal circumstances. Such a failure rate is not known from other professional groups.

On Tuesday, four medical associations, the federal government, the states and the municipalities, called for the opening of daycare centers and schools as soon as possible. The infection rate in children is therefore very low.

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