Gerhard F. Braun, Member of the BDA Executive Committee, Chairman of the Education, Vocational Training Committee of the BDA and BDI
Teachers have an important, responsible and challenging task. For this, they need high-quality training and further education that optimally equips them with the appropriate professional, pedagogical and didactic competences. However, prospective teachers often find that they are not really prepared for the actual demands of everyday school life. Theoretical and practical training content must be better interlinked.
Universities must take teacher training more seriously and value and support student teachers as a target group with its own profile. In view of the glaring shortage of teachers, there is an urgent need for more flexibility and opportunities for "late-comers" to transfer - both when changing from a subject to a teaching degree course and in the case of the precise qualification of lateral and lateral entrants with professional experience. The initial phase of a career at school also needs systematic support and supervision.