I was asked to write about the German School-System!? So if you want to read an article about this enjoy the following text. It all begins in the "Grundschule" which is the first school every (!) German pupil has to go to for 4 long and boring years. If the pupil is too stupid for this school (This happens not very often, but.....), he or she will have to go to the "Sonderschule", which is a special school for all pupils, who aren't able (or who do not want) to learn as fast as the ones on the "Grundschule". And this all begins at the age of 6. (Or maybe seven, if a pupil is not able to go to school yet, cause he or she is still a little baby, he or she will have to go to the "Vorschule".) When you finnished the 4 years on the "Grundschule", there are three ways you can go. (It depends of course on your marks, too!) The first way is the easiest. You go to the "Hauptschule", which means you will have to do 5 more years. There you do not learn very much, and only a little bit of English, but most of the pupils who take this way, start with a job after the end of this school. But the pure shit in Germany is that everyone has to go to a scholl 'till he (or she!) is 18 years old. So if you start with a job, and you are 16, you will have to go to an "Ausbildungsschule" for at least 2 more years. Learning a job takes about 3 to 4 years, and most of the so-called "Azubis" have to go the "Ausbildungsschule" for all of this time. When you finnished the "Hauptschule" you have the chance to go to a higher school this one is called "Realschule" and this school you can enter from the "Grundschule", too. (This is the 2nd way) The "Realschule" takes 6 years and it's a rather good school. You learn a lot, if you want to. After this 6 years you are able to go and learn a job (It's again the same like after the "Hauptschule"), or you can take the 3rd way.
This article originally appeared in the Amiga diskmagazine "Zine #4" by Brainstorm 1990.
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