Monday 9th February 2015
A new report has revealed WA primary schools have the equal highest student to teacher ratios in the country. The Productivity Commission report also revealed that WA has the second highest ratio across both primary and secondary schools.
“This report clearly shows that class sizes in WA are increasing,” said State School Teachers’ Union President Pat Byrne.
“This means less one on one attention for students, which has the potential to affect their learning outcomes.
“On top of this, the State Government has cut 500 Education Assistants, which means even less support for teachers and less attention for students.”
The report shows that student to teacher ratios have been steadily increasing since 2010.
However, Ms Byrne said the report only included data up until 2013, which was before the government cut almost $200 million from school budgets.
“We believe the education cuts will have put even more pressure on class sizes for 2014 and 2015,” she said.
“We expect the next two reports from the Productivity Commission will show that class sizes in WA have increased even more significantly since the cuts were introduced.”
Ms Byrne said that while the report showed student to teacher ratios in secondary schools were about average, these figures would have increased since $45 million was taken directly from the secondary sector.
Education Department figures have revealed that student numbers are increasing at more than twice the rate of teacher numbers.