As an inquiry by the AfD Group brought to light, a frightening incident occurred at the Astrid Lindgren primary school in Blankenfelde-Mahlow in March this year. According to classmates, a “teacher” with Syrian nationality from the Refugee Teachers Programme grabbed a pupil in the 6th grade by the neck and pressed him against the blackboard. The reason for this is said to have been that the student allegedly did not follow a command.The education policy spokesman of the parliamentary group, Dennis Hohloch, makes it clear: “It is completely incomprehensible that a Syrian man without a teaching qualification can take over the supervision of school children in Brandenburg alone. The Refugee Teacher Program must be stopped immediately. It has not yet produced any demonstrable benefit in combating the shortage of teachers. In addition, the incident should have been reported immediately by the director to the Brandenburg state education authority. However, she did not do so, thereby clearly committing a breach of duty.”Birgit Bessin, spokeswoman for family policy, adds: “The mistreatment of charges as well as the obstruction of the investigation must not be tolerated.A school director who acts in this way has no place in this function. Such an offence cannot remain without consequences. Parents and students must be able to trust in the protection of their children in the care of the teacher. Anyone who commits an offence against children has no place in the school system.