Western Australia Minister for Education Elizabeth Constable
Education Links Further Strengthened Between China And Western Australia
Victor P Taffa
Western Australia’s Education links with China were reinforced today when Education Minister Liz Constable met a delegation of Chinese educators and media officials.
During her delegation’s visit to China in 2009, Dr. Constable had been welcomed to a school that delivers the Western Australian School Curriculum through years 10 to 12.
Students graduating from this and related schools achieve tertiary entrance ranks that qualify them for places at Australian universities and many come to Western Australia.
“It is apparent that China has a high regard for the WA Education System its Schools as well as its Universities.” Dr. Constable said.
“This was borne out not only during my own visit to China but also by discussions today with the Chinese delegation.”
“These visits are very important for the nurturing and strengthening of established links between our two countries and our schools and universities.” Dr. Constable said.
“They provide an opportunity for frank discussions about what is working well and where there might be room for improvement and I welcome them.”
Five Schools in China are currently offering the Western Australian curriculum to their senior students in Ghangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Zhengzhou and Chengdu.
“Each year the academic performances of students gets better and the quality of the WACE is evident in the high ATAR scores achieved and the fact that many students are gaining entry to high quality WA and other Australian institutions.” the Minister said.
“In addition to the five schools in China, four colleges in Malaysia and one in each of Singapore, Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City) and Bangladesh (Dhaka), offer the WA curriculum.”
“It is pleasing that there are sister school relationships where innovative uses of technology are being used to provide opportunities to enhance both Chinese language competence for WA students and English language competence for Chinese students.”
“The interest shown from these schools is testimony to the ability of WA to design and deliver a quality curriculum.” Dr. Constable said.