08/30/2013 09:56 EDT | Updated 10/30/2013 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia releases new caps for class sizes for children in Grades 4-6

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government says average class sizes for children in Primary to Grade 6 ranged from 20 to 23 students for the last school year.

The province says that is about the same as it was in the 2011-12 school year.

Education Minister Ramona Jennex says the government will bring in a new cap size of 25 for pupils in Grade 4 through Grade 6 over the next three years.

The phased-in cap on class sizes begins with Grade 4 in 2014-15.

Jennex says the new cap means the province will spend $6.5 million over three years to hire as many as 100 new teachers.

The government brought in a maximum class size of 25 in 2012-13 for Primary to Grade 3, which it says resulted in the hiring of more than 70 teachers.