Fewer teachers won’t improve student learning: Lantz
CHARLOTTETOWN – Progressive Conservative Leader Rob Lantz is concerned that having fewer teachers in the classroom won’t improve learning for Island students.
Lantz was reacting to news that at least 28 teaching positions are being cut from Island classrooms for the next school year as a result of last week’s provincial budget.
“The Education Minister's spin on teacher cuts wasn't open and transparent, sounding more like the same script the last minister had when teaching positions were cut. The bottom line is that there will be fewer teachers in Island classrooms next year and that's not a good thing for students or teachers,” said Lantz.
Lantz questioned the wisdom of having fewer teachers in the classroom at a time when there are already major challenges around large class sizes and student learning.
“It's well known that large class sizes are a roadblock to student achievement. If we kept the same number of teachers in the classroom as enrollment decreases we could make ground on smaller class sizes. That would help students and teachers achieve better results and that's where our focus needs to be,” said Lantz.