OPPOSITION WORRIES FORD PC'S HAVE MADE DECISION ON CLASS SIZE CAPS
Jan 24, 2019
By Bob Komsic
The day after the Ford government announced it’s reviewing class sizes in kindergarten and the primary grades as it tackles a multi-billion-dollar budget, the opposition’s concerned the consultation could be nothing but an empty gesture.
Education Minister Lisa Thompson says she’s committed to making sure students and teachers receive the best learning environments possible.
She adds no decision has been made on whether to remove the caps, saying in a tweet that she looks forward to the education partners sharing their perspectives on ways to ensure spending in the classroom makes the biggest impact.
But Opposition education critic Marit Stiles worries the government may have already made up its mind.
”If Doug Ford wants to find savings, maybe he should look at some of the contracts he’s been giving to his friends.”
Currently, the class-size cap for kindergarten is 29 students, with the average class size across any board limited to 26.
For Grades 1 to 3, the number of students is capped at 23, but at least 90% of classes in any board must have 20 or fewer.