Nova Scotia schools to expand class caps, add 139 new teachers: minister

Schools in Nova Scotia are to be staffed by 139 more teachers this September, after the provincial government accepted the recommendations of a council looking at classroom conditions.

The council was established after the province imposed a contract on its 9,300 unionized teachers in February, following a lengthy contract dispute.

In a report released Friday, the council also asked for an expansion of class caps to junior and senior high schools.

The council said it had allocated $9.3 million of its $20 million two-year budget to address the recommendations.

Education Minister Karen Casey said her department would act to implement the 40 recommendations, including the big ticket items: the caps and the hiring of the new teachers.

She said word has gone out to the school boards.