Newfoundland and Labrador’s student-teacher ratio best in Canada
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has made it known that students in this province enjoy the best student-teacher ratio in the country.
Prompted by the comments of St. John’s North MHA Dale Kirby (NDP) that the needs-based teacher allocation model, established in 2008, is “flawed and outdated,” Education Minister Clyde Jackman issued a release stating the average student-teacher ratio in Canada is 14 to 1. The ratio in this province is 11.9 to 1.
“Just a few years ago, this department and this government instituted a needs-based policy of teacher allocation,” said Jackman in the release.
He said if the previous allocation model had been followed by the provincial government there would be upwards to 800 fewer teachers in the classroom.
Over 150 educators have een added to maintain Kindergarten to Grade 9 szie caps. At this time, there are more specialist teachers, such as music, physical education and French teachers, as well as more numeracy teachers and more support for school development and school leadership.
Since 2005, the average K-9 reduced from 20.5 to 17.9.
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