The aims of education – according to the Bavarian Constitution
Into the Third Millennium
"The paramount aims of education are the fear of God, respect for
religious conviction and for the dignity of human beings, self-control, a sense
of responsibility and willingness to take responsibility, helpfulness and
open-mindedness for all which is true, good and beautiful..." (Art. 131 of
the Bavarian Constitution).
Every resident of Bavaria has a right to
receive an education commensurate with his abilities and his calling. Equal
opportunities for all and the promotion of individual merit are the principles
of Bavarian educational policy. They find their realisation in the structured
school system, which does justice - better than the comprehensive schools - to different
talents and capabilities. Proven and new ideas are converted into practical
reality. Examples are the restoral of the secondary modern schools and the
development of vocational training as well as ecological education, the new
system for the upper level in the grammar schools and the introduction of
information technology education for all pupils.
Information about Grammar
Bavaria has a state-wide
network of 400 plus grammar schools providing comprehensive general education.
Passing the leaving examination entitles pupils to study at a university.
Pupils can choose to specialise according to their preferences and
talents: humanities, modern languages, mathematics and natural sciences, arts,
economic sciences and business, and social sciences. The aim is to provide
through the quality of Bavarian secondary education an all-round general
education and a sound basis for further study in higher educational
Bavaria also endeavours
to adapt these schools to the requirements of business, technology and modern
world. Basic instruction in IT was introduced in the compulsory curriculum at
all grammar schools in the academic year 1988/89. Pupils are introduced to the
workings of the economy in study courses, projects and by way of partnerships