In a tough neighborhood in Berlin, teachers want their school to be closed, The Telegraph reports.
Things had deteriorated to such an extent at the state school – in a district where 80 per cent of pupils are from Muslim immigrant families – that it had become virtually impossible to teach, and some staff feared for their lives. At the end of their tether, staff wrote to the authorities pleading for the school to be closed.
Led by Petre Eggebrecht, the acting head teacher, their letter said: “We are desperate. Our teaching is met with flat rejection. The mood in the classrooms is one of aggression, complete lack of respect and ignorance. Instructions are ignored. Few students bring relevant material, and many of us will only enter a lesson with a cell phone in order to call for help in an emergency.”
Students, mostly from Turkish families, speak pidgin German.
Private-sector apprenticeships have long been a mainstay of Germany’s robust vocational-education program — so much so that in 2004, 58% of students finished high school with three-year training contracts in hand. Historically, more than two-thirds of the trainees end up with permanent job offers by the time those contracts are up.
At the violent Berlin school last year, “not a single pupil passed enough examinations to graduate into employment,” The Telegraph says.