Schwerin (dpa / mv) - According to Education Minister Bettina Martin (SPD), Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania will continue to be dependent on lateral entrants in order to be able to meet its own teacher needs.

"We will expand the qualification measures in order to continuously develop the content and pedagogical skills," Martin announced on Wednesday in the Schwerin state parliament.

The new teacher training law, which is now before parliament for discussion, sets the course for this.

“We need numerous new teachers in the country in the coming years.

It is therefore only natural to make the profession interesting for those who have not taken the classic path of teacher training, ”explained Martin.

In order to acquire a lack of pedagogical knowledge, lateral entrants should complete a two-year qualification, comparable to the legal clerkship.

In addition, the deadline for the recognition of the teaching qualification will be shortened.

This also has an impact on pay.

According to Martin, 11 percent of the 11,300 teachers nationwide are currently so-called lateral entrants.

Left faction leader Simone Oldenburg renewed her criticism of the ministry's approach.

Only a few newcomers benefit from the new qualification, as only a few have the required aptitude for two specialist areas.

And the shortening of the probation period up to the teaching qualification from ten to seven years for non-academics and from seven to five for lateral entrants with a university degree is by no means an improvement in quality.

Oldenburg called for reforms of the teacher training program so that more students also achieve a degree.


According to the latest surveys, more than two thirds of student teachers for regional schools in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania drop out or move to another federal state.

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