Education: an important business location factor
Our position as one of the German town of Radevormwald’s biggest employers is unequivocal: “The lack of a Sekundarschule* in Radevormwald would result in long-term harm to the local economy.” We wish to emphasise, given the vote shortly to be … Continue reading
Our position as one of the German town of Radevormwald’s biggest employers is unequivocal: “The lack of a Sekundarschule* in Radevormwald would result in long-term harm to the local economy.”
We wish to emphasise, given the vote shortly to be taken by the parents concerned, that the existing Realschule* does a very good job, and that we continue to be happy with the school leavers who take up apprenticeships with us. However, the expected phasing-out of the Hauptschule* shows that we need to think seriously about alternatives. Demographic changes in Radevormwald are such that only one solution is possible: a Sekundarschule. Only in this way will it be possible to guarantee that even pupils of the Hauptschule will be able to continue studying in their hometown.
Approximately a quarter of Kuhn Special Steel’s apprentices attended Hauptschulen and they form, along with graduates of Realschulen and Gymnasien, one of the supporting pillars of our company’s future.
We feel that a Sekundarschule is indispensable, if school leavers of different talents and abilities wants to continue to train and work at Kuhn. If students about to enter the Hauptschule have to look elsewhere, it stands to reason that they will likewise serve their apprenticeships and end up working in another town. We must at the same time prevent any dilution of the performance of the Realschule, which would occur if pupils of the Hauptschule were to attend for the sole purpose of being educated locally.
A Sekundarschule would have smaller classes and a better teacher-to-pupil ratio. This would equally benefit students of both Realschule and Hauptschule, and their corresponding school careers could be made more individual. Those with a talent for foreign languages, for example, could thrive in a Sekundarschule, while others of a more technical bent could likewise develop their potential. The common-course approach of the initial years likewise supports the individual development process. Indeed many pupils fail to find their niche at primary school, only to do so in the initial years of their further education.
The opening of doors is one of the main objectives of the training offered by Kuhn Special Steel. This applies to all school leavers, but in a particular and special way to future graduates of the Sekundarschule.
*Generally speaking German education system differentiates between a primary school, a secondary level that generally starts at age 11 (grade 5) and a university education.
The secondary level is divided into a less academic Hauptschule (secondary school which leads to a part-time enrolment in a vocational school combined with apprenticeship training until the age of 18), an intermediate Realschule (secondary school which leads to a technical or business school), and the academically oriented Gymnasium (that leads to a diploma called the Abitur and prepares students for university study or for a dual academic and vocational credential).
The secondary school named Sekundarschule, for which we plead, would combine both Hauptschule and Realschule.