Even mother Martina S. with her systemically relevant full-time job could simply not do thorough homeschooling (even if she is German and has a good educational status). “For us single parents, Corona has made the situation even worse,” she describes.
Schools and care facilities often cannot offer individual support
In the hospital, for example, during the first lockdown in the spring, she had to work out hygiene concepts, compensate for staff shortages and repeatedly work additional hours – “there was definitely no time for homeschooling”. Although she goes to great lengths to help her older daughter as best she can: She goes to fourth grade and the transition to a good secondary school should be successful. “I still have a guilty conscience all the time,” says the mother of two. “In my job, I do everything I can to be available to people in need – but I hardly have time for my own children.”
Corona therefore exacerbates a problem that educational researchers have been criticizing for a long time: The classic care facilities can usually not provide individual support as well as it would be desirable. For Dirican refugee workers, our education system also has many good sides. “No matter how unfair some things are or appear to be,” he says, “in the end the German system is so good and permeable that you can still achieve a great deal in a roundabout way with the lowest school leaving certificate.” He himself showed it.