Bavaria: Abi starts soon – Bavaria

Fabia Klein says she is already angry. In the past two years, a Nuremberg High School graduate has seen pretty much all the ups and downs of an education system aboard a roller coaster. Homeschooling, sharing lessons, quarantine. Now the final end of a nerve-wracking high school career is nearing. Next Wednesday, like 35,000 others in Bavaria, the 20-year-old will start the Abitur, starting with German. “Actually, I don’t have the strength to study anymore,” she says.

As in sports, the psyche also plays a crucial role in the Abitur, and the entrance exam is a test of nerves. You can go for both high and low, in the end exams make up a third of the full score. This year, every playwright will have a special fun in the material. There is a class that has spent the entire high school in an emergency situation. School closures in Q10, rotations in Q11, quarantine in Q12. An angry and insecure student body is about to jump the entrance exam. Could this be a thing?

If you talk to Klein, who is also a spokeswoman for the Bavarian State Student Council (LSR), it appears as if many of them were already running on spare batteries. “A lot of them can’t anymore and they’ve gone on vacation,” she says. She herself remained at home and tried to limit her contacts as much as possible so as not to get infected in advance. I’ve read Faust and Woyzeck and Sandman, and rehearsed the discussions—it all sounds as though there can be little go wrong next Wednesday.

During the Easter holidays there were opportunities to practice

Her focus is on May 3rd, the day she gets her matriculation certificate in mathematics at the Bavarian state level. Students need to be able to calculate the area, understand the logarithmic function, and know the binomial coefficient. Because in the free state, mathematics is a mandatory subject for Aptor. It is a headache for many. So, Klein’s math teacher created a kind of digital buffalo camp for the Easter holidays. If you like, you can solve the exercises and ask questions in the morning. Klein says many still experience gaps in homeschooling. She herself had a digital math course given to her on her birthday. Klein complains of catch-up material, “Not everyone can afford it now.”

This year, the ministry also thought about how to offset the disadvantages of the past few years. Walking the tightrope: If the average drops significantly, there is a risk of fairness comparisons with previous years, who were able to look forward to far-reaching relief. If you make it too easy and enter the following standard score, education researchers complain that the value of the Abitur is dropping.

Accordingly, a compromise was chosen. This year, high school graduates aren’t getting an extra two weeks of study, as the Greens and the SPD would have liked – after all, recent grads have had face-to-face lessons, so the debate continues. But this year’s high school graduates will get more time, although the debate over that – wearing a mask – is now outdated. In addition, material has been removed from the curriculum here and there.

Students can give themselves a lesson in evolutionary mutations after mass extinctions (biology), real-world text analysis (German), sine and cosine functions (mathematics) and the problem of individual and collective historical memory in the GDR (history). They also benefit from oversimplification in Q11, which they are entering into the race for. The State Student Council about Fabia Klein would have liked more accommodation.

“Not all of us fall on our heads, we will turn it on.”

But even high school teachers wave it away. “Nobody wants to get a high school diploma for free,” says Michael Schwagerl, president of the Bavarian Association of Linguists. He seems very optimistic when it comes to the chances of the Abitur class. He’s not assuming it’s going to be a bad year, but he’s also hoping that a record high of 2.14 from last year won’t be set again. “It must be so hard that it becomes a fair matriculation,” Schwagerel says.

Last but not least, there is also sophisticated logistics behind it. Especially this year, when some students are vaccinated, some are not, some with a mask and some without it. Managers can make divisions as they see fit. Students do not need a pre-exam to participate. Even high school graduates are allowed to interrupt their quarantine in April, provided they do not test positive. Injury and fitness teachers are allowed to take oral exams digitally in May – High School Diploma in Relax Mode.

Next Monday, Fabia Klein will find out what will happen to her at the Peter Fischer School in Nuremberg. The tension is now mixed with some expectation that an extension of the house is now on the horizon. “None of us fell on our heads, we’ll make it,” she says. Gather your last strength. “Then we can pat ourselves on the back because we get through it so well.”

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