School starts today in 3 Federal States – some problems to consider

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Vienna. The summer vacations end today for 490,000 students in Vienna, Lower Austria, and Burgenland. The rest of the 1.1 million students will start in a week.

Eight thousand six hundred teaching positions were advertised for the semester. There are still some missing, admits VP Education Minister Martin Polaschek. However, he guarantees that every lesson can be held. Teachers, however, have to work overtime, and part-time teachers get extra hours.

The third start of school during Corona: experts warn of a wave, starting from schools. But: there is no compulsory test before entering classes; it is only recommended to take one. Masks also do not have to be worn. However, principals can mandate testing and masks for up to two weeks if cases increase. Infected elementary school children must stay home, but older ones: With FFP2 masks, they may go to class. For them, however, there must be a “Corona-Kammerl,” a room for mask breaks.

A school start-up package costs up to €300, with an average of €109. This not only plunges the families of the 368,000 children living on the poverty line into a deep crisis. Last year, the costs were 27% lower. Extreme inflation is to blame. Even exercise books are 19% more expensive this year.

  • with report from oe24.at/picture: pixabay.com
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