A new study from the University of Graz has claimed that less than a quarter of Islamic teachers in the south of the country have the same level of teaching qualifications as their Austrian counterparts.
The university study interviewed 64 of the 74 Islamic teachers in the Austrian regions of Styria and Carinthia and found many of the teachers lacked teaching qualifications altogether, Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung reports.
Wolfgang Weirer, who directed the study, said “Just under a quarter have teacher training according to Austrian standards,” and that a third of all the teachers had studied at universities in a foreign country.
Many others, the study noted, had no university degree, and some had not attended university at all.
The Islamic Religious Community of Austria (IGGÖ) said that they agree with Graz City Councilor Kurt Hohensinner who has proposed the creation of a body to regulate Islamic teaching in the region, as similar bodies already exist in Vienna and Innsbruck.