HALIFAX, Sept. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - NSTU president Shelley Morse is pleased
that Education Minister Ramona Jennex has listened to teachers and
parents about the concerns with class size caps.
"Lowering the class cap from 29 to 25 in Grades Primary to 3 is the
right thing to do to help ensure our excellent educators in classrooms
across the province are being supported in meeting the learning needs
of those students," says Morse.
As students returned to classes across the province this school year
with 350 fewer teachers— close to half of which were cut from the
Halifax Regional School Board alone—the NSTU was hearing from its
members about classrooms exceeding the provincial class cap, which was
29 in Grades Primary to 3.
"Having spent 28 years as a classroom teacher in lower elementary, a
small class size is crucial in ensuring that young students get the
individual attention they need to become successful learners," she
Morse goes on to say that research studies on class size for the early
elementary grades indicate that small classes improve the quality of
teachers' relationships with students and student engagement in
learning and gives more time for teachers to help individual students
"Smaller class size allows teachers to carry out intensive, focused,
teacher-guided activities effectively," she adds.
The Minister has listened to teachers and parents about this issue, and
Morse hopes that the teacher and parent voice continues to be heard
when it comes to our public education system. "We need to maintain our
quality system through adequate funding that meets the diverse needs of
all students. "We look forward to working with the Department on
ensuring that our public education system is adequately funded to meet
all students' needs."
The Nova Scotia Teachers Union represents more than 10,600 public school
teachers, Community College faculty and professional support staff and
teachers who work for the Atlantic Provinces Special Education
Authority. Since 1895, it has worked to improve the quality of public
education in Nova Scotia.
SOURCE: NOVA SCOTIA TEACHERS UNION
For further information:
Angela Murray, NSTU Public Relations Coordinator
Telephone: 902-479-4708, Cell: 902-497-0194, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org