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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1456 asked in the Legislative Council on 27 November 2019 by Hon Charles Smith

Minister responding: Hon S.M. Ellery
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

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1456. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the Minister for Education and Training:

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 Cows'' expose?

(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?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

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 teaching standards.

(2) No. All international students are taught the WA curriculum—the same standard curriculum as for all WA students.