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Current news and updates on education, schools and LernSax from Saxony, Dresden, Chemnitz and Leipzig.

A child plays with Pop-Its in an elementary school classroom / Photo: Guido Kirchner/dpa

Elementary school can apply for toy equipment

Primary schools in Saxony can apply for the "Play makes school" competition and win free toy equipment. Committed parent and support associations can also get involved in consultation with teachers and submit an idea paper, as announced by the Saxon Ministry of Culture in Dresden on Monday. The aim ..

Christian Piwarz (CDU), Saxony's Minister of Culture, arrives at a press conference in the state parliament / Photo: Sebastian Kahnert/dpa

New education plan for Saxony presented

Saxony's schools are to become fit for the future. To this end, the Ministry of Education has developed a plan that includes a number of innovations. Will there be more alternatives to school grades in future?

Students sit in a lecture hall on Open University Day / Photo: Arno Burgi/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa/Symbolic image

Fewer Bachelor's degrees and more Master's degrees in Saxony

At Saxony's universities, fewer young people graduated with a Bachelor's degree in 2023 than in the previous year. The number of degrees fell by 7.4 percent to 6,690, as announced by the State Statistical Office on Tuesday. In contrast, the number of master's degrees rose by 5.4 percent to 6102. 148 ..

Christian Piwarz (CDU), Minister of Culture of Saxony, takes part in a cabinet press conference / Photo: Sebastian Kahnert/dpa

Piwarz sees "Digital Pact 2.0" in danger

The federal government has been negotiating a continuation of the digital pact with the federal states for a long time. Since the traffic light coalition is short of money, negotiations have become even tougher. The federal states are now putting pressure on the federal government to act.

Christian Piwarz (CDU), Minister of Culture of Saxony, takes part in a cabinet press conference / Photo: Sebastian Kahnert/dpa

Piwarz sees "Digital Pact 2.0" in danger

The federal government has been negotiating a continuation of the digital pact with the federal states for a long time. Since the traffic light coalition is short of money, negotiations have become even tougher. The federal states are now putting pressure on the federal government to act.

A child sits reading in front of the "Lese-Lust" bench at the school in Mügeln. The Ministry of Culture is extending the "Reading Scouts" project run by Stiftung Lesen for a further two years (2024 and 2025) and is supporting it financially with 50,000 euros. / Photo: Waltraud Grubitzsch/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa

"Reading scouts" in action at schools for another two years

So-called reading scouts are to encourage reading at schools in Saxony for a further two years. The Reading Foundation's project will be funded with 50,000 euros until the end of 2025, the Ministry of Culture announced in Dresden on Tuesday. Since 2006, around 1,000 "reading scouts" have been trying ..

Bettina Stark-Watzinger (FDP, r), Federal Minister of Education and Alexandra Heraeus (l), Chairwoman of the Board of the Heraeus Education Foundation, on stage at the "German Teachers' Award - Innovative Teaching" 2023 / Photo: Christoph Soeder/dpa

"Our Mathemuddi": Teacher brings prize to Saxony

Teacher Jana Bioly from the Vogtland region has been awarded the German Teachers' Prize. She teaches mathematics and chemistry at Julius-Mosen-Gymnasium in Oelsnitz. When nominating her, the students praised her empathy, her commitment and her exciting way of teaching, according to the Heraeus Educa ..

"Glück auf" ("Good luck") is written on a sign at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg in front of the Karl-Kegel-Bau in Freiberg (Saxony). / Photo: Jan Woitas/dpa/Archivbild

Bergakademie offers cooperative studies

The Bergakademie Freiberg is breaking new ground and will be offering cooperative studies from the winter semester onwards. The young people work in companies during their studies and are paid by them. On the one hand, this provides them with a secure income, and on the other, it allows the course t ..

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier presents the main prize at the 2023 School Award ceremony to pupils from the Eichendorffschule secondary school in Erlangen, Bavaria / Photo: Britta Pedersen/dpa

German School Award 2024: School with a zoo hopes for success

The Thomas Müntzer Primary School in Schkeuditz, north of Leipzig, wants to score points at this year's German School Award with its unique concept. "The judges already visited us on April 8 and 9 and were very impressed by our concept in terms of the school community, integration and the involvemen ..

Participants hold up a poster with the inscription "School social work" / Photo: Jens Büttner/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa/Archiv

Alliance calls for expansion of school social work

An alliance of trade unions, parents' and pupils' councils and the secondary school teachers' association has called for the nationwide expansion of school social work in Saxony. "Media consumption, violence, bullying and stress among children and young people have been on the rise for years," said ..

A sign with the inscription "Abiturprüfung Bitte Ruhe" ("Abitur examination please be quiet") stands in the school building of the Landesgymnasium für Musik in Wernigerode / Photo: Matthias Bein/dpa

Abitur exams begin: Piwarz wishes good luck

The Abitur examinations begin on Tuesday for around 10,647 pupils at general secondary schools, colleges and evening grammar schools in Saxony. Minister of Education Christian Piwarz (CDU) wished those affected every success on Monday. "The goal is within reach. Now it's time to hold your nerve and ..

Chairs are placed on a table in an empty classroom of a secondary school / Photo: Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/dpa

Many lessons canceled at schools in Saxony

Many lessons were canceled at schools in Saxony in the first half of the year. Secondary schools and special schools were particularly affected. The Ministry of Culture has an explanation.

A teacher teaches in a classroom at a secondary school / Photo: Marijan Murat/dpa/Archivbild

80 percent of schools use corona catch-up program

According to the Ministry of Education, 80% of schools in Saxony are using the learning budget provided by the Free State to mitigate the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. A total of 1132 schools took advantage of the "Flexible Learning Budget" program launched at the beginning of the 2023/2 ..