After the “corona bonus” for employees in the health sector and in the food trade, the directors of all school types should now also receive a financial “reward” for their work during the two years of the corona pandemic. Specifically, it should be a bonus of 500 euros, as the Ministry of Education confirmed on Wednesday reports from the “Kleine Zeitung”. At AHS and BMHS, which fall under the responsibility of Minister of Education Martin Polaschek (ÖVP), this “reward” is also paid to administrators, he writes in a letter to the school management.
A total of around 5,000 people are to receive “financial recognition” for their “extraordinary commitment during this intensive time”, as Polaschek emphasizes. The professional representation also campaigned for the bonus. In addition to the federal schools, this is also paid to the managers of the compulsory schools, which actually fall under the competence of the federal states. “This fairness and equal treatment is particularly important to me,” said the Minister of Education. Around 3.2 million euros from the current budget will be used for the campaign.
Criticism of this came from the NEOS. Gifts of money could not hide the fact that “Polaschek is avoiding work and the necessary structural reforms,” said education spokeswoman Martina Künsberg Sarre.
The fact that Polaschek emphasizes “fairness and equal treatment” as “particularly important” to him, but does not provide for any special payments for the teaching staff, who are also extremely demanding in the corona pandemic, causes great outrage in some cases.
Finally, the argument that school principals have had significantly more work to do since the beginning of the pandemic due to the corona security measures, the test system established at schools and the corona-related changes in school operations can also be applied to direct teaching, which had to be switched to homeschooling. circulate.
New regulations were often only announced at extremely short notice, and specifications were often changed again within a short period of time. The teachers’ representatives have repeatedly warned that schools are reaching the limits of their resilience. At the end of last week, the ministry therefore announced that the schools should be relieved by the elimination or postponement of evaluations, surveys and projects.
On Wednesday, meanwhile, a group of educational scientists, school principals and people from the educational administration, who met at a scientific conference on the subject of school quality, published an appeal to Minister of Education Polaschek. The school administrations are currently so overwhelmed with administrative tasks such as filling out lists that they have “too little and sometimes no time at all” to work on improving teaching and learning in schools, the letter complains. In addition, there is too little room for maneuver for the school management. As a result, there are too few or no applications for advertised school management posts.
In their letter, the educational scientists and interviewed practitioners call for administrative support staff to relieve the school management in order to have more time for their actual managerial tasks, and for the introduction of middle management. In addition, the job must become more attractive (e.g. through its own service law) so that the best minds can apply for the school management. And there is a need for more real autonomy and unbureaucratic room for maneuver in everyday school life, such as exit scenarios for teachers who do not meet the requirements or who have lost interest in their job.