LONDON, March 20 (UPI) -- The British minister of state for schools and learners said classes as large as 70 students are "perfectly acceptable."
Schools Minister Jim Knight said large classes are effective when as many as four certified adults are present to assist the main teacher, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday.
Knight stressed that increasing the number of teachers in large class rooms would improve learning.
"In the case I was discussing, four teachers taught a class of 70 offering more, not less, individual attention," Knight said.
Some conservatives reportedly cited concerns that bigger classes could prevent teachers from heightening specialized expectations for poor and advanced students.
"The government cannot simultaneously say it is going to deliver personalized learning and then support class sizes at the level Jim Knight is talking about," Michael Gove, shadow children's secretary, told The Daily Telegraph.