Path 5 - Reduce the number of students per class in elementary school

Reducing the number of students in the class is an initiative that provides for better learning conditions, improves the relationship between teachers and students and allows teachers to intervene as soon as difficulties are apparent.

Fewer students per class

Over the next three years, the number of students per class will gradually be lowered to a maximum of 20 in disadvantaged areas and 26 in other areas. A comparison of present class sizes and the new levels proposed is shown in the table below, according to the year of implementation.

In the 2010-2011 school year

Areas Current class size
(average: maximum)
Proposed class size
(average: maximum)
Elementary 3 – Disadvantaged areas 22 : 24 18 : 20
Elementary 4 – Disadvantaged areas 22 : 24 18 : 20

In the 2011-2012 school year

Areas Current class size
(average: maximum)
Proposed class size
(average: maximum)
Elementary 5 – Disadvantaged areas 27 : 29 22 : 24
Elementary 6 – Disadvantaged areas 27 : 29 22 : 24
Elementary 4 – Other areas 27 : 29 24 : 26

In the 2012-2013 school year

Areas Current class size
(average: maximum)
Proposed class size
(average: maximum)
Elementary 5 – Disadvantaged areas 22 : 24 18 : 20
Elementary 6 – Disadvantaged areas 22 : 24 18 : 20
Elementary 5 – Other areas 27 : 29 24 : 26
Elementary 6 – Other areas 27 : 29 24 : 26

Promotion of the teaching profession

Québec is proud of having teachers that are competent, creative and committed. To attain its objective of raising the graduation or qualifications rate to 80% by the year 2020, it must continue to recruit teachers of high calibre.

In order to attract more men and women willing to meet the challenge of a dynamic and enriching profession, MELS will intensify its efforts to highlight the advantages of the teaching profession in Québec:

  • Review teacher training in collaboration with university education faculties in order to better prepare students to work with young people with increasingly diversified needs and demands.
  • Broaden continuing education opportunities for teachers.
  • Enlist the support of universities and CEGEPs in making the advantages of a teaching career more widely known.
  • Develop a campaign to promote the teaching profession especially targeted to men.

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