The Manitoba government has hired 79 school teachers in an effort to reduce class sizes across the province.
“Today more than ever, success in life depends upon receiving the best-possible education and training,” Premier Greg Selinger said. “Investing in smaller class sizes is an important step we can take toward ensuring our children have the attention they need to learn and reach their potential.”
The teachers hired during the first year of the initiative are currently working in 31 school divisions supporting kindergarten to Grade 3. Funding for the positions is estimated at $3 million and builds on the province’s commitment to cap class sizes at 20 students by 2017.
Selinger made the announcement Wednesday at École La Verendrye School on Lilac Street. While there, the premier also announced the building of a new gymnasium for the school. The upgrades will result in a 7,000-square-foot expansion to encourage physical fitness and meet students’ demands. An expected opening date wasn’t available.