04/24/2015 10:04 EDT | Updated 07/22/2015 11:59 EDT

Newfoundland and Labrador cuts teaching jobs, increases class cap sizes

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador is eliminating teaching jobs and increasing class sizes in an effort to save money.

Derrick Dalley, the province's acting education minister, says the government plans to cut the equivalent of 77 1/2 teaching positions and hike class cap sizes in Grades 4 to 9.

From Grades 4 to 6, the class cap will increase by one to 26, and for students in Grades 7 to 9, the cap will go up by two to 29.

In elementary and intermediate classes where there are two grades in the same class, the cap will rise by three to 18.

Dalley says student enrolment has declined and the province is facing fiscal challenges it must address.

He says the measures will save about $7 million annually.