Port Colborne mom worried about children's safety with kids in classes of 28 and 29: NDP

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The NDP is not giving up on its push to make class sizes smaller in Ontario.

Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch was at the Ontario legislature this week urging the Minister of Education to 'follow the evidence and cap class sizes at 15 students.'

Burch shared the story of a local parent, Angela Gamsby, whose two children attend elementary school in Port Colborne.

He says Gamsby is a front-line health care worker who can't stay home with her children, and her children are placed in classrooms of 29 and 28 students.

“Angela is a front-line health care worker and unable to keep her children home from school because she is busy being a hero at work. Her son’s class has 29 students. Her daughter’s has 28 students. The Kindergarten class has 30 kids in one classroom,” said Burch during question period Thursday.  “Will the Minister listen to the people in Niagara and across Ontario, stop fudging the numbers, and commit to keeping our children safe by capping class sizes at 15 students?” Burch asked the Minister of Education. 

Burch told the education minister that the Niagara Public Health pandemic hotline has been overwhelmed with parents concerned about their children's safety.

“This minister and this government had a chance to do the right thing last week and vote with us to cap class sizes at 15. They chose not to. My constituents are telling me that they trusted this government to keep their children safe, and this government has let them down.”

Why is this Minister unwilling and unprepared to solve this crisis in our classrooms?,” asked Burch.