Back to school in B.C., by the numbers

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It’s time for thousands of kids across B.C. to go back to school. Classroom/Shutterstock

School will start for most students across B.C. the day after Labour Day, and there’s a good chance they will continue to have smaller classes than in the past.

The provincial government released a statistical snapshot of B.C.’s education system on Monday, and it says it has reduced class sizes since the 2015-16 school year.

According to the NDP, average kindergarten and Grade 1 to 3 class sizes are down nine per cent over the last four years. Grades 4 to 7 have experienced an eight per cent decrease, while Grades 8 to 12 are down six per cent.

The average class size in B.C. last year was 22.1 for Grades 8 to 12, 23.9 for Grades 4 to 7, 19.9 for Grades 1 to 3 and 18 for kindergarten.

Officials are predicting an increase of 3,155 public school students for the 2019-20 year for a total of 545,805.

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