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April 23, 2003

Smaller is Better

An education ministry survey has clearly shown how class size affects the level of disturbance of lessons. The survey of fifth grade students across the country indicates that problems such as walking around during lessons, being late for and disrupting classes are much more prevalent in classes of 36-40 students (30%) than in those with 20 or fewer (13%). Students in the smaller classes were more than three times more likely to think that their classes went smoothly. A majority of students also said that they felt more tired and irritated recently.

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