2,500 refugee children from Ukraine attend school in Lower Austria

Around 2,500 Ukrainian children now attend schools in Lower Austria. According to a joint broadcast by State Councilor Christiane Teschl-Hofmeister (ÖVP) and Director of Education Johann Heuras, 30 people who speak the Ukrainian language have been hired to provide support. Admission and integration generally worked well.

With a view to the end of the school year – around 190,000 schoolchildren start their summer holidays in Lower Austria on Friday – a corona balance sheet was also drawn. According to Teschl-Hofmeister, a total of 5.8 million PCR tests were carried out, with a positive rate of 0.4 percent. Exactly 23,149 demonstrably infected people were tracked down.

This year, 1,631 students each had to take an external examination because they had attended home lessons. According to the broadcast, 17 percent did not appear and 6.2 percent did not pass.

Reference was also made to a new training model for teaching at primary level (primary school) developed by the Lower Austria University of Education. This will be implemented from October and should help to cover the need for teachers in the future. “The goal is to get as many teachers as possible into the schools as early as possible,” emphasized the state councillor. All the basics should be taught within the first three years. After that, students can already teach at the schools, and employment takes place by means of a special contract. “At the same time, it is possible to continue studying during the time when there are no classes.”