Manitoba Hires 100 Teachers to Reduce Class Sizes

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The Manitoba government has hired 100 teachers this year in its effort to reduce class sizes in the province.

Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum made the announcement Monday while also opening the new kindergarten classroom at École Robert Browning School.

“Smaller class sizes mean teachers have more time to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each student early and help them succeed in their critical early years,” said Allum. “We know that students are more likely to succeed when they have more time with their teachers and I would like to thank school divisions for supporting this important initiative.”

Allum said the initiative began three years ago and since then, 315 teachers have been hired.

The government will spend $3 million this year for additional teachers to support the smaller classes initiative, bringing the total funding for teachers this year to $10 million.

School divisions are required to ensure kindergarten to Grade 3 classrooms are at 20 students or fewer by September 2017.