The union representative for Hamilton’s public high school teachers says larger class sizes will not mean better education for students.
Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) Local 21 President Dan Staples predicts the provincial government’s decision to increase average class sizes from 22-to-28 will be “very problematic.”
He believes it will result in “upwards of 40 kids into a class” in some scenarios, noting that some high school classes in Hamilton are already maxing out at 32.
Staples questions “is this going to be an educational environment or is it going to be crowd control?”, adding that he’s not sure “education can be delivered properly and effectively” under the new class sizes.
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Staples says the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) estimate that 178 high school teaching jobs will be lost because of larger class sizes is “very conservative”, and he predicts the actual number will be “a lot higher.”
Board officials have said they hope to absorb the reductions through retirements, resignations and other voluntary means.