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Province spending $15M to help cap class size

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The Selinger government will spend $15 million to fix or build 28 classrooms in six school divisions to meet its promise of capping of kindergarten to Grade 3 enrolment at 20 students provincewide by 2017.

Premier Greg Selinger and Education Minister Nancy Allan made the announcement this morning.

The money is to come from the new Manitoba Building and Renewal Plan, which is to be funded through the July 1 increase of the provincial sales tax to eight per cent.

The province has also committed $20 million for new teachers over five years to reduce early-years class sizes.

That includes $4 million in the coming year to hire 69 full-time teachers.

During the 2011 election campaign, the NDP said capping kindergarten-to-Grade 3 class sizes at 20 in Manitoba would require 240 more teachers.

The NDP also estimated it would cost $85 million to expand schools to meet the new requirement.

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