03/08/2012 09:27 EST | Updated 05/08/2012 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia premier's office releases revised numbers on increase in teachers

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia premier's office has released revised figures showing an increase in the number of teachers employed in the province in the last decade.

On Wednesday, Premier Darrell Dexter said the province has 100 more teachers than it did 10 years ago.

But spokeswoman Jennifer Stewart says updated figures show the province has 361 more teachers than it did in 2001-02.

In an email, Stewart says Dexter's figure was an estimate from last year and teaching staffing levels have since been revised.

She says in the last 10 years, enrolment has dropped by 27,722 students.

Dexter has cited dropping enrolment in his defence of a proposed 1.3 per cent overall funding cut for education in the next fiscal year.