Sydney’s crowded houses of learning

Bruce McDougall
Daily Telegraph

STUDENTS in government primary schools are struggling in classes of more than 30 children as wealthy families turn their backs on expensive private colleges to save thousands of dollars in fees.

Booming public school enrolments have stretched teachers in many popular and high performing primary schools to breaking point as class sizes have jumped to as high as 32 after Year 2.

Children in their first three years of school — who are not required to sit national literacy and numeracy tests — have government-mandated small classes with as few as 19 students.

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