LECCE: HIGH SCHOOL CLASS SIZES TO REMAIN ''EFFECTIVELY THE SAME'' THIS YEAR
Aug 22, 2019
By Bob Komsic
With the new school year almost here, the province has announced high school class sizes will not be as large as initially anticipated.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the average secondary school class size will be limited to 22.5 students, up from 22.
His predecessor, Lisa Thompson, said back in March that the average secondary school class size would rise to 28.
Lecce blames ”misinformation” for a widespread belief that board-wide average high school class sizes could reach 28 this September, though the education minister did not deny that could be the case in coming years.
The province is in the midst of bargaining with teachers and education workers and Lecce says he’s open to changing the plan to increase class sizes if teachers and boards can propose other ways to find cost savings.
Lecce also says class sizes for kindergarten and primary grades will remain at 29 and 23.
Grades 4 to 8 will see 24.5 students, an increase of one.