Nationwide, hundreds of students will not find a place at their desired high school in the coming school year. This was the result of a survey by WELT AM SONNTAG among the ten largest cities in Germany and the ministries of education in the federal states. However, most federal states and cities, with the exception of Berlin, avoid speaking of a specifically quantifiable lack of places.

Instead, some federal states point out that students could switch to alternatives. Large cities in particular with high influx of people and population growth are reaching their limits. The city of Munich, for example, speaks of an “unexpected number of registrations”; in Dortmund “the capacities are almost fully exhausted”.

The shortage is exacerbated by the admission of children who have fled from the Ukraine. 125,582 of them are already attending a German school, according to current figures from the Conference of Ministers of Education (KMK).

In many places, new schools are being built, additional classes are being created and vocational schools are being used as alternative quarters. For example in Berlin, where, according to the Senate Department, there are still 170 places missing.

“The lack of space has existed for years. It’s an insane effort to keep an infrastructure with this enormous demographic shift,” Stefanie Remlinger, school councilor in Berlin-Mitte, told WELT AM SONNTAG. “But the fact that children cannot be cared for at all is an absolute novelty,” said the Green politician.

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