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Education in Germany

Aspects of Germany Education and Jobs has got a rich lineage.

Friedrich Froebel, was a German who started with the concept of Kindergarten, which is considered as the basic and pre-primary part of one's education and is now well known all over the world.

Germany has a few types of secondary schools that vary from state to state. Gymnasium is a college-preparatory high school which ends after grades twelve or thirteen. Realschule is for intermediate students, and finishes after tenth grade. Hauptschule prepares students for a vocational education, finishing after ninth or tenth grade. One path for Hauptschule can be a path leading to Realschule. Another type of school is the Gesamtschule, which is a comprehensive school that uses a combination of approaches. A reform movement in the 1960s sought to unify secondary education to make them all Gesamtschule.

Those on the university-track, and have finished Gymnasium, are eligible for higher education. The universities in Germany are usually public schools with free or low tuition fees. Students not wanting to attend university can opt for apprenticeship or vocational school. Dual education programs that combine vocational training courses alongside general education are also available.

First Kindergarten school was established in Bad Blakenburg by Froebel in the year 1837.

Germany has more than 300 universities.
In Germany, educational responsibility lies with the state and the federal governments play a minor role in the education system. The federal government has the right to intervene in the educational system only with financial aids. Most of the universities are under the state authority and no tuition fee is required to get an education in these universities. One needs to pay additional fees for their ward in any non-state school.

For children between the age of ten and thirteen, school attendance has been made compulsory in Germany. A span of four years is dedicated to the primary education. The secondary education system is primarily divided into four parts, they are, Gymnasium, Realschule, Hauptschule and the Gesamptschule. To get admission into university, the students are required to pass through the Abitur examination. The teachers at different levels have different qualification.

English is a compulsory subject all over the state at the secondary level of education. Overall Germany has a strong educational system.

Germany has a good job market in comparison to many other countries in the world. The job ranges from that of a teacher to jobs in the scientific and research sector. The IT field, banks and many other prestigious jobs are often offered to people and all the jobs in Germany provides one with a good pay package.

Last Updated On : October 28, 2015

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