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Class Room

Class Room

Classroom Infrastructure

Classrooms should be planned for a minimum of 1.2m2 per student, and a maximum of 40-45 students per room. Slightly larger classrooms of 1.4m2 per student allow for more flexible use of the learning space. Classrooms should be easy to exit in case of emergency.

Appropriate Furniture

Classroom furniture should be provided in adequate numbers, with a plan for regularly replacing broken items. Furniture should be of the correct dimensions for the age of the students, and mobile pieces are preferable, as they allow for more flexible learning strategies. Classrooms should also include a provision for storing students belongings, and should include ample chalkboard and other display space.

Adequate Lighting

Classrooms need to be well-lit in order for students to read, write, and follow what their teacher is saying. Window size should at a minimum correspond to 20% of the classroom floor area, with auxiliary electric lights whenever possible. In order to maximize reflective lighting within the classroom, light colours should be used for ceiling, walls, and furniture

Additional Facilities

Offices and storerooms are also considered necessary school facilities. Other facilities of benefit to students learning include libraries, IT centres, and laboratories. Amenities such as sports facilities, outdoor shelters, school gardens, kitchen, canteen, health clinic, dormitories, and teacher housing can also improve student attendance and reduce teacher absenteeism however, the benefits of these facilities must be weighed against their costs.