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Province announces 130 extra teachers hired in 2013

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Manitoba saw 130 more teachers hired in the past year under the NDP’s bid to cap most classroom sizes to K to Grade 3 classrooms at 20 students by September 2017.

Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum said today since the initiative was announced by the NDP a year ago a total of 213 teachers have been hired.

The government says smaller class sizes allows more one-on-one time between students and teachers.

Allum said with the additional hirings 225 more Kindergarten to Grade 3 classes have been created and 437 more K to Grade 3 classes with 20 or fewer students.

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

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