Hessian Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs

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Hessian Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs

Schools and Educational Policy

As the State’s highest supervisory authority for schools, the Hessian Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs is in charge of central planning and the administration of educational policy, such as the educational framework, the development of core curricula, the allocation of teaching posts and the design of teacher training and further professional development.

The main aim of the Hessian Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs and its subordinate departments is to improve the quality of schools and education for all Hessian schools.

General schools, vocational schools and schools for adult education come under the scope of responsibility of the Ministry. In addition, the Hessian Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs is responsible for issues affecting privately owned schools, German schools abroad and adult education facilities, such as the Volkshochschulen (adult education centers) or institutes which run correspondence courses. The Hessian Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs also coordinates the posting of teaching staff in the framework of development aid projects. Last, but not least, cultural affairs, i.e. the regulation of relationships between the state institution and the church as well as religious and community groups are part of the Ministry’s responsibilities.