FEWER than one in 10 Welsh infants is in a class with more than 30 pupils. Provisional figures for January show there were 9,300 pupils (9 per cent of all infants) in such classes, down from 15,500 (15 per cent) last year. The Government's pledge is to ave no pupils aged five to seven in classes over 30 by September 2001.
Progress is slower with Welsh junior class sizes. The number of pupils aged seven to 11 in classes of more than 30 has also declined, but only from 48,000 to 45,000.