Increased class size could cost 800 jobs, says TDSB

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A media outlet reports that a Toronto District School Board (TDSB) memo estimates that the proposed plan to increase high school class sizes could see 800 teachers out the door.

Job losses could also impact teachers at the elementary school level.

Last week the Ontario PC government announced it would increase class sizes for grades 4 to 12 in an effort to cut costs but said it would not result in any job losses.

The average high school class sizes will increase by six students — from 22 to 28 phased in over four years. It was also noted by the government that Ontario currently has the lowest student-to-teacher ratios in the country.

Average class sizes for grades 4 to 8 will increase by one student per classroom — from a current 23 students to 24. Class sizes for kindergarten through Grade 3 are not changing.

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Also changing is the sex-ed curriculum that returns to teaching gender identity and consent. A big and much needed change is coming to the math curriculum and making students take more online courses. New teachers will have to take a math test before being hired. This is to ensure teachers are proficient in math which is crucial in a world moving toward AI.

The memo said the TDSB expects to lose 216 teachers as a result of the increase in class sizes in grades 4 to 8, on top of the 800 that could possibly be lost between grades 9 and 12.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) called for teachers across Ontario to wear black to protest the cuts.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) urged those against the cuts to contact their MPPs.

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Despite the TDSB memo about job losses to teachers, most parents aren’t overly concerned with the slight increase in the size of classrooms. This might have to do with the fact that currently even with fewer students, the quality of education has not been up to snuff. – CINEWS

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