Toronto, Aug 22 (Canadian-Media): A press conference was held today in the office of Vijay Thanigasalam, Member of Parliament (MPP), Scarborough, Rouge Park in which Stephen Lecce, Ontario Minister of Education was joined by Sam Oosterhoff, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education, Thanigasalam, and Christina Mitas, MPP for Scarborough Centre.
Lecee announced to the media present there that starting from September, the new academic year the class sizes in Ontario high schools would be 22.5 . We were told, added Lecee that the class size would increase to between 40-50. This was misinformation. We were also led to believe that there are not sufficient resources for the education sector this year. But that information was also wrong.
Lecee then announced additional funding of $700 million for education and also said the investment in funding would doubled in mental health education, autism, mentally challenged students, school transportation and in child care. Our services have also increased in the French language studies and for the First Nations students. The variety of courses being offered would also enhance.
Lecee said that investment in education is investment in the prosperity of nation and we strive for a new world class education in Ontario.
Lecee said they are still in the midst of bargaining with teachers and education workers and suggestions from them for betterment of education are welcome.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)