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Senator wants to regulate class size in public schools

Senator wants to regulate class size in public schools

Senator Grace Poe filed a bill that aims to regulate class size and conditions in public schools.

Senate Bill 541 or the proposed Class Size and Conditions Act, Poe said that class size has an impact on students’ learning.

“Students in smaller classes tend to perform better in all subjects and all assessments when compared to those in larger classes,” she said.

The bill aims to ensure access to quality education and to give protection to teachers from unregulated increases in class size.

It also mandates the Department of Education to set the number of students of each class.

The bill proposes a class with not more than 35 students as standard. A class of 45 students will be considered large.

A teacher handling a large class shall be entitled to a large honorarium equal to one percent of her daily rate for every student in excess of the standard class size of 35.

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