Teacher layoffs loom

Teacher layoffs loom

More than 135 local teachers could lose their jobs under the province’s plan to increase secondary school class sizes.

Larger class sizes and mandatory online courses for high school students are among the many education changes announced by the Ontario government.

The average class size for high schools will increase to 28 from 22 starting in the new school year in September.

The province is also making it mandatory for high school students to take at least four online courses out of the 30 they need to graduate starting in the 2020-21 school year.

In a statement, Greg Anderson, chair of the Grand Erie District School Board, said moving to an average class size of 28 students will mean the loss of about 94 teaching positions and eight additional jobs related to secondary school programming.

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