Class size announcement just smoke and mirrors: OSSTF/FEESO
Toronto, August 22, 2019 –
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) is dismissing today’s announcement by the Minister of Education regarding class size changes as just more smoke and mirrors from the Ford government.
Today Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced that average class size ratios in high schools will be set at 22.5:1 for the coming school year. Those ratios, however, will still increase to 28:1 over time as teachers retire and are not replaced.
“The Ford government is framing this as a good news announcement,” said OSSTF/FEESO President Harvey Bischof, “but this does nothing to mitigate the damage that will be wrought by the removal of a full quarter of Ontario’s high school teachers from the system.”
“The end result will still be ballooning class sizes, fewer supports for students, and a significant reduction in available courses and programs,” said Bischof.
“This is nothing more than a feeble attempt at sleight of hand on the part of Minister Lecce. His government declared war on the province’s public education system back in March, and he would like us to believe that today’s announcement constitutes an olive branch. Sadly, it is nothing of the sort. It is simply a new plan of attack with the same destructive objective,” concluded Bischof.
Harvey Bischof, President Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation