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Waldorf school in Elmshorn: Almost one in two falls through high school after a corona break – WELT

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Almost every second student falls through high school after a corona break

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Students preparing for the Abitur exam Students preparing for the Abitur exam

Pupils with mouthguards preparing for the 2020 Abitur exam

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In a school in Elmshorn near Hamburg, 13 out of 28 school-leavers failed their school-leaving exams, according to a media report. The parents blame the teachers for acting in the Corona crisis. You are considering legal action.

Dhe institution actually has a good reputation: an above-average number of students leave the Freie Waldorfschule Elmshorn near Hamburg with a school leaving certificate. But not this year. Almost every second student in the final class passed the written Abitur exams. 13 of 28 boys and girls are affected, parents report to the “Hamburger Abendblatt“.

The grade point average of the class was only a “bad three”. According to the report, the parents allege the school: When the schools were closed due to the corona pandemic, the students were largely on their own.

The results of the written exams in geography, German and mathematics were remarkably poor. The parents are now considering legal steps. They accuse the school of insufficient preparation for the state degree.

Second chance for the students also unsuccessful

The 13 failed students had to take four instead of two oral exams in order to correct the poor written grades.

A picture of the website of the Freie Waldorfschule Elmshorn

A picture of the website of the Freie Waldorfschule Elmshorn

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According to the parents, however, this was not very successful: only three of the 13 pupils would still have achieved their university entrance qualification afterwards, and four more would have achieved their university entrance qualification. On Monday, two students will still take exams to gain admission to a university of applied sciences.

However, at least four students failed completely, that much is already certain. The parents can send the pupils to a state school, but the young people would have to repeat two school years there, because the previous grades of the twelfth and thirteenth grade are not counted.

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“These students are now facing the rubble of their school days,” a mother told the “Abendblatt”. According to their statements, the parents were amazed by the poor results of their children, since the pupils concerned were never considered to be “wobbly candidates”.

Parents report of a teacher who has been ill since the beginning of the school year and for whom there were few replacement hours, and also lack of homeschooling. Some teachers are “just submerged”. The school, in turn, blames the young people for the fact that at a parents ‘evening, the teachers spoke of the students’ “lack of initiative” and low willingness to learn.

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Nils Holthusen from the management of the Free Waldorf School Elmshorn does not want to confirm the numbers about the students in a conversation with the “Abendblatt”. He excludes “that the students were poorly prepared for the exam”. There are good and less good vintages. However, the school speaks to the parents in a letter of “structural and personnel consequences” that have been initiated.

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