Teachers are concerned with the idea of having more students in their classes.
Director of Education for Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB), Pino Buffone, says that school boards across the province will be challenged by the Ministry of Education’s decision to increase class sizes from 22 to 28.
Buffone says that it’s still a little early in the process to make decisions but he sees both sides of the medal. On one side he says that a lot of research has been done on the effectiveness of having smaller class sizes. A lower student/teacher ratio is better for learning and is desirable he says. He also points out that on the flip side, at the secondary level, class sizes impacts different programs and services the school can offer. Some class sizes need to be adjusted for different programs and services which means that if there’s a lower number in one class then there will be a higher number in the other.
The province did add a couple of stipulations to the deal. He says that one of them is that school boards can transition over a period of four years. Buffone says that he will be writing a letter to the Minister of Education addressing certain concerns but states that problems may be different depending on the school, which means it will take time. He adds that it’s too early to tell exactly what concerns will be included in the letter. At the end of the day, Buffone says that they want to continue to offer students a vibrant programming.