The Director General of Education Sharyn O'Neill has rejected suggestions she misled a parliamentary committee that is examining her department's budget.

Appearing before the Education and Health Standing Committee today, Ms O'Neill was asked why she did not reveal plans to impose a levy on public schools to cover the cost of long service leave liability.

Under the levy, schools will be charged $600 for each teacher and $400 for support staff to meet the cost of filling positions when staff take long service leave.

When asked at a previous hearing about potential savings within the department, Ms O'Neill did not raise the prospect of imposing the levy.

The chair of the parliamentary committee, Liberal MP Graham Jacobs described some of Ms O'Neill's answers during today's questioning as 'cute' and said the committee would consider whether to take the matter further.

"We will consider those issues, we'll look at the transcript of today's hearing and we will make a resolution going forward," he said.

"There are issues in and around contempt of parliament. If we believe there is some breach we will consider that and consider our action."

Ms O'Neill denies she's done anything wrong.

"I think I've been open - I've answered the questions that I've been asked," she said.

"[Leave liability] was one many discussions that we were having and it just simply wasn't an idea that was worthy of discussion at this committee at that point."

"There's no point being here and speculating on what might be into the future. I was asked a question, I answered the question and answered it honestly with all the information that was at hand at that time."

"I don't create the questions, I answer the questions and I do that to my very best ability."

Ms O'Neill told the hearing 2014 would be a tough year for education in WA, saying it was the first time schools would be impacted by belt tightening within the department.


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