Rob Alexander.
Rob Alexander.

Chalking up good report figure of teacher-student ratio

ROB Alexander has always known Rockhampton was a class act when it came to education and a new report has confirmed it.

The Cathedral College principal (pictured) yesterday said he wasn't surprised to hear the city had ranked sixth best for teacher-to-student ratio in Australia.

The Suncorp Bank Family Friendly City Index found Rockhampton had 14.2 students to every teacher.

"Rockhampton is certainly one of those areas where education is a big industry," said Mr Alexander, who oversees a school with 940 students, of which 156 are boarders.

"We would regard Rockhampton as one of Queensland's education hubs because we've got a large number of secondary schools; about 12 or 13 in the area. Obviously having classes that are of a good size are a big help to kids … but the biggest thing is the quality of the teaching that occurs in the classroom."

He said the amount of primary and secondary schools in the area led to smaller class sizes, which benefited students.

There are more than 50 primary and secondary schools across Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Mt Morgan and Gracemere.

Mr Alexander said this gave teachers the chance to get to know their students and learn what teaching styles worked best for individuals.

"I think the quality of teaching is most important," he said.

Sydney, with a student to teacher ratio of 11.8, has the least-crowded school classrooms in the country.



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