Survey: Almost all teachers on the verge of exhaustion

Survey: almost all teachers on the verge of exhaustion

Published on 09.06.84

  • According to a survey, almost nine out of ten teachers feel heavily or very heavily stressed . Photo: Marijan Murat/dpa/Symbolbild

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The pandemic and teacher shortage have left deep scars in schools. Teachers feel overburdened, students find it harder to concentrate, according to a survey. And it could get worse.


After two years of the pandemic, almost all teachers in the country are on the verge of exhaustion, according to a survey. Almost nine out of ten teachers feel heavily or very heavily stressed.

Most extend their work to the weekends, many also to the night hours and still see gaping gaps in the learning and curriculum. This is shown by data from a representative Forsa survey commissioned by the Robert Bosch Foundation (Stuttgart), which was published on Thursday.

About every second teacher is physically or mentally exhausted

According to the German school barometer, around 92 percent of those surveyed experience their colleagues under heavy or very heavy strain, 84 percent say the same about themselves. More than three out of four teachers (79 percent) usually also work on weekends, which is for most Hardly any recreation in leisure time (60 percent). According to the survey, about every second teacher feels physically (62 percent) or mentally exhausted (60 percent).

“Teachers are under enormous pressure”, said Dagmar Wolf from the Robert Bosch Foundation. Not only would you have to catch up on digitization at record speed, monitor corona guidelines and work through learning deficits. It is also important to cushion the shortage of skilled workers and to integrate an increasing number of refugee Ukrainian children and young people into schools. For 27 percent of those surveyed, a large part of the lessons currently consists of crisis management, this is especially true for Hauptschule, Realschule, Gesamtschule and Grundschulen.

According to the survey, however, three out of four teachers surveyed are still satisfied with their job (74 percent). “You become a teacher out of conviction,” said Wolf. “But chronic overload makes you ill and dissatisfied in the long run. Schools therefore urgently need additional staff,” she warned.

Pupils have problems concentrating

Not only in the colleges are the traces of the corona burden visible. According to the survey, almost all teachers (92 percent) have also observed increasing behavioral problems among schoolchildren since the beginning of the pandemic. Many have growing problems concentrating or motivating themselves. According to the survey, aggressiveness among the students has also increased significantly. However, according to the survey, consultation hours by school psychologists are only offered in one third of the Hauptschule, Realschule and comprehensive school and in every fourth elementary school.

The mood of the active teachers could explain the already clear shortage of teachers reinforce: More than every tenth teacher (06 percent) gave in the survey wanting to cut back and reduce their teaching hours in the coming school year, especially for part-time workers. According to the survey, almost a third of those who currently 15 to 20 teach hours to reduce the load (27 percent). (dpa)

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