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Education: Stark-Watzinger calls for bonuses for teachers

Stark-Watzinger calls for bonuses for teachers

Education Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger (FDP) speaks at a session of the German Bundestag. photo:

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More money than motivation. To combat the shortage of teachers and make the profession itself more attractive, the federal minister of education also wants to work with financial incentives.

Federal Education Minister Bettina Stark-Wattzinger is considering performance bonuses for particularly dedicated teachers. “The highly motivated and dedicated teachers in our country need not only greater recognition, but also performance-based pay,” the FDP politician told Bild.

“It’s more worth working for our children’s opportunities and futures,” says Stark-Wattzinger. Concrete measures will also make the profession more attractive to young people and career changers, thus combating teacher shortages.

Heinz-Peter Meidinger, the president of the German teachers’ association, supported the minister’s proposals. “You can definitely tell which teacher is good,” he told Bild.

According to Meidinger, most states already have laws that allow extra benefits for good teachers. However, there are not many of these boilers and only very few countries use this option. More funds are needed, Meidinger said, “The bonus should be able to cover ten percent of the salary.”


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