The Government’s move to increase class sizes has sparked immediate controversy, with accusations it will have a ”severe impact” on the quality of primary school teaching.
Education Minister Hekia Parata this morning announced the schools funding formula would change, with the student ratios in the mid-years of education changed.
Instead of the existing range of anywhere between one to 23 up to one to 29, there would be a single ratio of one to 27.5, in a change that would save about $43m per year.
Parata said about 90 per cent of schools would either gain or have a net loss of less than one full time equivalent teacher as a result of the combined effect of the changes.
“These more consistent ratios will give schools greater certainty over their resourcing from year to year,” she said.
In the last 10 years, student numbers had grown by 2.52 per cent, but teacher numbers had grown 12.76 per cent over the same period.
Read the rest of the article here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/budget-2012/6930082/Bigger-class-sizes-announced
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