Many classes throughout British Columbia are too large or have too many students with special needs, according to a report by a provincial arbitrator.

James Dorsey found violations of the School Act in 21 of 81 classes he examined.

B.C. Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) president Irene Lanzinger said the 354-page study validates the union’s position that the government was wrong to strip teachers of the right to bargain class size and composition.

The arbitrator has reserved the right to set remedies if the union and the government are unable to come to an agreement on how to solve the problem.