Attack on class sizes dismissed by principal

AN OPPOSITION claim that Fraser Coast teachers are working under tough and worsening circumstances has been rejected by the local educational alliance.

Queensland Shadow Education Minister Yvette D'Ath said increasing student-to-teacher ratios were becoming the norm under the State Government.

Ms D'Ath said changes to staffing policies implemented by Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek had resulted in fewer teachers trying to teaching more students.

"I hear from teachers that they're being forced to do more with less under this arrogant Newman Government," she said.

"Student-teacher ratios in the vast majority of schools are either getting worse or flat-lining after the Newman Government tinkered with class size rules."

But deputy chairman of the Fraser Coast Educational Alliance and principal of Kawungan State School Simon Boss-Walker said things had never been better.

"We might have a few classes that are oversized but nothing that we should be ringing to many alarm bells about," Mr Boss-Walker said.

"It was about five years ago Education Queensland decreased the numbers - it's actually improved," he said.

"I've never seen it brighter, never seen it better."

The alliance has representatives from the region's TAFE, schools, council and university.

Ms D'Ath said 70 more students were taken on at Urangan Point State School since 2012 but there were only two extra teachers.

She also cited Yarrilee State School as gaining more than 80 students with only two extra teachers.

Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said the average class size in the north coast region was 21.8 students.

"The 2014 class size data shows that the vast majority of classes are well within the agreed targets," Mr Sorensen said.

"Year-to-year variations are to be expected as the actual make-up of classes is determined at a school level and every student cohort is different," he said.



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