The union representative for Hamilton’s public high school teachers says larger class sizes will not mean better education for students.

Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) Local 21 President Dan Staples predicts the provincial government’s decision to increase average class sizes from 22-to-28 will be “very problematic.”

He believes it will result in “upwards of 40 kids into a class” in some scenarios, noting that some high school classes in Hamilton are already maxing out at 32.

Staples questions “is this going to be an educational environment or is it going to be crowd control?”, adding that he’s not sure “education can be delivered properly and effectively” under the new class sizes.

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