New­found­land and Labrador’s stu­dent-teacher ra­tio best in Canada

The Compass - - S22, -

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.

class size has been

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