The goodness of smaller size class


In developing countries such as the Philippines and Thailand, the number of students in each public school class is somewhere between 40, 50, 60 or 70. Most people would whine when they get a class with students’ number playing between the numbers mentioned. And with the majority showing no interest in your teaching style or the language you are teaching, things can be really devastating.

Take my case three years ago. I had 74 students in my Listening and Speaking 1 class. The room was nice as it was big and with an A/C. However, it was rather a nightmare when they talk simultaneously. I was always under stress and I didn’t feel I gave them the quality teaching they need. Controlling them was never easy either. 

Limiting the number of students to 35 per class can significantly improve their knowledge and maintain quality education, Prawit Erawan, dean of the faculty of education at Mahasarakham University said.

His university surveyed 300 schools in the northeast to asses the quality of education. The result says that teachers are under stress and unable to care for their students. 

Some prestigious schools accepted more students and tried to accommodate them which results in having a bigger class. Why so? Because school administrators accepted bribes from parents to have their children to get in, the dean said.
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