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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 13 asked in the Legislative Council on 11 February 2020 by Hon Charles Smith

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

Answered on 11 February 2020


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

I refer to the Confucius Institute University of Western Australia website that claims that 35 schools have participated in its classroom teaching support program.

(1) To what extent have WA schools been participating in the abovementioned classroom teaching support program and other Confucius Institute activities?

(2) Does each participating school have an agreement with the Confucius Institute; and, if so, is the minister aware of the content of these agreements?

(3) Is there a mechanism to monitor these agreements for security purposes?

(4) Will the minister provide a list of the schools participating in the classroom teaching support program in WA?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) Principals may elect for their school to participate in the classroom teaching support program. The department does not hold this information as these are school-level decisions.

(2) Any participating school is required to have an agreement with the Confucius Institute. The agreement outlines the roles and obligations of volunteers, schools and the Confucius Institute.

(3) The monitoring of school-level agreements is the responsibility of principals.

(4) Refer to (1).