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1. Educational Study by JAKO-O

Educational study of JAKO-O

[8. 9. 2010] On this Wednesday the first JAKO-O educational study was introduced, in which 3,000 parents were questioned on the educational system. The results show the requirements which parents expect from the educational system and how they concern themselves with the education of their children.


The JAKO-O educational study shows the great importance which parents place on the good education of their children. Just how little distinguished equality of opportunities in the educational system are, takes on a special meaning in the European year for combating poverty and social exclusion: The equality of opportunities for children is greatly reduced in families where resources such as time, money, education and stability are of limited availability- the less resources available, the less opportunities available for these children. This is particularly valid where children from single parent families and children from families with many children are concerned.
Hence, it should be a self-evident fact that education be completely cost free and included therein should be the required teaching materials and learning materials as well as common activities and excursions.

The study also points out, how much parents occupy themselves with the welfare of their children – with considerable personal restrictions, partially even to such an extent that involves excessive personal exertion. They accept the role assigned to them by necessity as tutoring institution No. 1, for the well being of their children. However, they are by no means content with that. The families are the bases on which the education of the children grows. They are the primary, applicable places for the upbringing and education of children and young people. This succeeds in an open education system which recognizes individual life experiences and recognizes parents as cooperation partners. It is notable that the unsatisfactory quality in the field of education is not attributed to single teaching staff, whose efforts are absolutely appreciated, but rather to the structural borders of the education system.

Parents doubt that the educational system alone delivers sufficient results for their children. A high quality of educational institutions and facilities is required, which must be equally accessible to all children, regardless of their financial and social standing, with educators and teachers having the suitable qualifications and whom orientate themselves according to the educational needs and realms of experience of the children and youngster. Also the federal education system with considerable differences showing between the federal states does not bode well with parents. Social exclusion mechanisms within the education system must be stopped in order to sustainably improve the future chances of the children and young people.
Exclusion mechanisms exist and also take effect if experience with the German educational system, as well as information on how school functions in this country is not existent. Families with migration backgrounds quite often do not have this knowledge, but instead try and work from the knowledge they have from their own experiences, which was however acquired in another country and does not apply here.

The area of education plays a key role in the prevention of poverty.
Good education raises the starting out opportunities of children affected by poverty, makes it easier for them later when accessing the job market and serves thus to break the line of  "poverty inheritance" from one generation to the next. Thus, education is more than developing the younger generation for the jobs market: School should provide a comprehensive general education and in cooperation with parents, produce autonomous individuals and citizens capable of decision making.

The results in a few key phrases:

  • Equal opportunities are more important to parents than élite thinking
  • Parental wishes up to now have been barely realised
  • Parents as a private tutor – families under pressure
  • School also demands too much of many parents
  • Parents criticize the system – not the teachers

Conclusion of the study: "There is a big difference between what parents expect from school and what actually happens there", explained the chairwoman of JAKO-O, Bettina Peetz at the presentation of the results of the study in Berlin.

For the representative study, polling institute TNS Emnid on behalf of JAKO-O questioned 3000 parents with children between the ages of 3 and 16 years. Parents from the whole country were questioned. The interviews took place by phone between the middle of June until the beginning of July.