NDP has kindergarten questions for government

NDP Education critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) wanted to know about student-teacher ratios and all-day kindergarten today in the House of Assembly.

Kirby challenged the Minister of Education on classroom realities. As recently as last week, government cited a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. This, Kirby asserts, is far from the reality in many provincial classrooms.

“That number came as a surprise to Kindergarten teachers who struggle to provide education for 20 students, and more, each and every school day,” Kirby said. “Can the Minister explain why he appears to be so out of touch with the realities of our Kindergarten teachers and our schools?”

Kirby also pointed out that Eric G. Lambert School in Churchill Falls will be offering an all-day Kindergarten program this coming September.

“The funding for this all-day Kindergarten program will be provided by Nalcor,” Kirby said in the House of Assembly. “Can the Minister of Education explain why Nalcor seems to understand the educational needs of our primary school children better than he does?”

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