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On-Site Technical Training - II (March 1987)
Between 1960 and 1966, the GDR government used “basic occupational training” to prepare secondary-school students for occupations as early as possible – with the goal being to steer youngsters into industries where workers were needed. In 1966, however, the “professionalization” guideline was revised in favor of “general socialist education.” Still, polytechnic training as a whole remained a considerable component of the education system, accounting for more than 10% of all classroom hours at general polytechnic secondary schools. This photograph shows East Berlin students during their “School Day in Production.” Photo by Volker Döring.