Eastern Germany has a serious shortage of teachers. Brandenburg alone needs more than 1,000. It's reached the point that parents are filling in as substitute teachers.
The attacks against the girls between the ages of 4 and 12 in southern Germany went unnoticed for almost two years. The swim teacher used an underwater camera to film his assaults.
Pupil performance correlates with how society regards and pays its teachers, claims a 35-nation study done for a Dubai-based education entrepreneur. China is ranked top and Brazil the lowest, with Germany in midfield.
Since launching the Berlin version of its platform to denounce teachers who oppose its politics, the far-right Alternative for Germany says it's received thousands of complaints. DW's Tamsin Walker has one of her own.
The teacher promised to give the 14-year-old student better grades if she sent him nude photos. He also reportedly promised other pupils better grades if they gave him a kiss.
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