Wiesbaden (dpa) – During the corona pandemic, fewer children in Brandenburg had to repeat a grade. This emerges from data from the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden on Friday. Accordingly, the rate of repeaters fell from 2.1 percent in the 2019/20 school year to 1.4 percent most recently.
According to the statistics office, this was partly due to changes in transfer regulations. “Due to the cancellation of lessons, alternating and distance teaching, special rules were introduced in many federal states with regard to transfers. In many cases, transfers were no longer linked to academic performance.”
The rate fell in all federal states. As in previous years, it was highest in Bavaria – 26,500 schoolchildren or 2.8 percent attended their previous grade there again in the 2020/2021 school year. The rate was lowest in Berlin, where 2,500 students repeated it, i.e. less than one percent.
The average class size at primary schools in Brandenburg was 21.9 students in the 2020/2021 school year. This was the third highest value after North Rhine-Westphalia (23.5) and Berlin (22.6).
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