INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS — TEACHING STANDARDS
1456. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the Minister for Education and
I refer to education unions
lambasting the ''privatisation by stealth'' of our schools by
introducing international students.
(1) How can the
minister guarantee school teaching standards will not be adversely effected as
we have seen with university education, for example in the ABC's ''Cash
(2) Will WA teachers be censored in the subjects they
can teach to Chinese students, such as those seen to be sensitive to the Communist Party of China, including
Hong Kong, Tibet, Taiwan or Western constitutional democracy?
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
I do not accept the premise of the
question. There is no ''privatisation by stealth'' of our
schools. Neither are we introducing international students. International
students have been enrolled in WA public schools since 1984.
(1) There will be no change to
(2) No. All
international students are taught the WA curriculum—the same standard curriculum
as for all WA students.