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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 1 Hansard (28 February) . . Page.. 152..

Preschool, (t) Isabella Plains Primary School, (u) Isabella Plains Preschool, (v) Kambah High School, (w) Macarthur Preschool, (x) McKellar Preschool, (y) Melba Preschool, (z) Melrose Primary School, (aa) Mt Neighbour Primary School, (ab) Mt Neighbour Preschool, (ac) Mt. Rogers Primary School, (ad) Page Preschool, (ae) Reid Preschool, (af) Rivett Primary School, (ag) Rivett Preschool, (ah) Tharwa Primary School, (ai) Tharwa Preschool, (aj) Village Creek Primary School, (ak) Village Creek Preschool, (al) Weston Creek Primary School and (am) Weston Preschool, what regard has been given to the (i) educational impact, (ii)financial impact and (iii) social impact on the (A) students at the school, (B) the students' families and (C) the general school community.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) In making a decision to close 11 of the 22 preschools proposed for closure and 12 of the 17 schools proposed for closure, I carefully considered, for each school and preschool, all the issues raised by (A) students at the school, (B) the students' families, (C) members of the general school community, and teachers, and the potential impact of the proposed closures and amalgamations on these stakeholders. During the six month consultation period I conducted, as required under section

20(5)(a) of the Education Act 2004, I considered all correspondence, submissions, views expressed at meetings and during my school visits. This allowed me to make decisions with due regard to educational, financial and social factors and their potential impact on each school, and more broadly on each of eight regions.

Education—Italian language

(Question No 1464)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Education and Training, on 14 December 2006:

(1) Will the Minister or any person or body representing the ACT Government accept the Italian Government's recent invitation to enter into a memorandum of understanding with it in relation to the teaching of the Italian language in the ACT;

(2) What factors have been or will be considered in reaching this decision;

(3) Have representatives of any other foreign governments made similar approaches to the ACT.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The Department of Education and Training is currently in negotiation with the Italian Government through their representatives in the Embassy of Italy to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in relation to the provision of Italian language in the ACT.

(2) The teaching of language is a valuable part of the curriculum and it is important to ensure the quality of primary and secondary school language programs.

(3) Yes.

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