Papa: No. When I worked in Taoyuan, we had some big classes. In one instance, for a while, I was covering someone else's class and what they had done was pulled all the really good kids out of two classes, and then combined the remaining class into one "intermediate" class. The numbers varied from week to week (I never could figure that out -- they weren't absent from school), with a high of 44 kids. At that point, my concern was actually getting enough places for them all to sit. The concept of actually teaching anything went out the window.
Normally, the classes will be under thirty students. Typically, you'll have something in the twenties. If you get any kind of special class (high level or special education), it could be single digits. I have a "special education" class that has four students. Class sizes are getting smaller and smaller in Taiwan due to demographics. They're about to fall off a cliff, actually. My junior high school classes range from 19 to 27 students each. My sixth grade class has 27 students. My fifth grade class has eleven, and all of the classes below them at that school have approximately the same, or even fewer. One of the elementary schools near me has a grade one class with three students. I live in the countryside, so the demographics are especially bad here, but this is the general trend in Taiwan: smaller and smaller classes until they close a school, a slight uptick from the combination of two schools, then a steady decline again. They're predicting that they will close more than a dozen schools here in Taidong County within the next five years.
To be honest, the long term future of a career -- be it at a buxiban or in a government school -- in Taiwan is pretty shaky. I have my own plans to get out within the next five to ten years and it's not something I would advise to embark upon for most people for a whole lot of reasons.
And you coming in to scold us all like some kind of sour-puss kindie assistant who favors olive cardigans and lemon drinks without sugar. -- Muzha Man
One sometimes gets the impression that the mere words "Socialism" and "Communism" draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, "Nature Cure" quack, pacifist, and feminist in England. -- George Orwell