Teacher strike looms over class sizes

21:25, May 27 2012

Industrial strife over class sizes is looming after an "emergency summit" of primary teachers' union the NZEI.

President Ian Leckie said principals and teachers would be asked to put class sizes on the agenda for contract negotiations starting in August.

"Parents and teachers are rightly concerned at the impact this decision will have on children's learning."

Education Minister Hekia Parata announced earlier this month that the funding formula for middle-year schools would move to one teacher for every 27.5 children from as low as one to 23.

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