Manitoba to Reduce Class Sizes for K-3 Students

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WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s NDP government on Monday introduced a new bill that would reduce class sizes for kindergarten to Grade 3 students.

Focusing on more one-on-one time with teachers, the bill is meant to help students succeed in the early years of their education.

“We want our kids to get the strongest start possible so they have opportunities to go on to post-secondary education and good jobs,” said Education and Advanced Learning Minister Peter Bjornson.

“We know how important the early years are for laying a strong foundation in math, reading and writing,” said Education and Advanced Learning Minister Peter Bjornson. By reducing class sizes, we’re giving teachers more time to work individually with their students and help them get that strong start.”

The legislation would require school divisions across Manitoba to ensure that 90 percent of kindergarten to Grade 3 classes have 20 or fewer students, and 10 percent of kindergarten to Grade 3 classes can have a maximum of 23 students by October 15, 2017.


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