The Government wants to change teacher ratios in some schools and put the money saved towards better teacher training. What do you think? We are shining a spotlight on the issue of class sizes by asking the views of New Zealanders up and down the country.
A group of newspapers, led by agency APNZ, with the New Zealand Herald, have combined to canvas views the length of the country.
You can see what people are saying about this issue and have your say:
Taking part in this New Zealand wide investigation are:
Bay of Plenty Times
Hawke’s Bay Today
New Zealand Herald
Otago Daily Times
The Star (Christchurch)
Wairarapa Times Age
"You need one teacher to about 6 to 10 children otherwise no one will learn anything. I know that because I didn’t learn anything in a big class back in the ’60s.”
Maori liaison consultant
"It’s pretty obvious that the more children the harder it is to teach. The teachers are not kicking up a stink for nothing.”
"I think it’s a good idea as long as the money saved is for teacher training. I come from an era where there were big classes and only one teacher. The Government has to cut money from somewhere. I have mixed feelings about the plan."
"(Better teacher training) is alright but shouldn’t the teachers be trained anyway? Some good will come out of it but the Government is making bad points to make good points. It’s like robbing Peter to pay Paul.”
"I don’t think they should increase class sizes because children need attention from the teachers. The more children in a class, the less attention they will get. I think class sizes should stay the smaller they can.”
Retired kindergarten teacher
"I don’t approve of an increase in class sizes, even an increase of two or three does make a huge difference … it changes the dynamics of the classes."
"It’s hard enough for teachers to control classes, especially with kids with behaviourial needs these days which there seems to be more of. More kids is just going to make it harder. Some kids get all the attention, some kids miss out."
"I don’t think they did their sums right. I don’t have a problem with them putting more money into teacher training … but I wouldn’t be for the idea of bigger class sizes."
"It’s crap, I needed a lot of attention when I was at school."