Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders has welcomed the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) releasing the timetable for the 2020 Higher School Certificate today.
NESA has unveiled an amended timetable for the Year 12 exams, with written exams set to commence on October 20 – five days later than originally planned. Oral language exams will start on August 15.
NESA experienced a sharp rise in web traffic on Friday, with users experiencing some delays in accessing the timetable.
Mr Saunders said it showed students and teachers were keen for certainty around HSC exams, and the NSW Government had delivered.
“Year 12 can be quite a stressful time a young person’s life – my daughter Georgie experienced that just last year,” Mr Saunders said.
“Now we have the COVID-19 pandemic on top of that.
“NESA has determined that it will be safe and viable for most physical exams to go ahead in October, albeit about one week later than planned to allow students more time to prepare with their teachers face-to-face.
“It’s so important to give our young people this certainty so they can prepare themselves for these exams – the culmination of 13 years of schooling.
“However, I want to remind our young people that there is a lot more to life than your ATAR. If you are feeling stressed, reach out to friends or family, or you can seek advice at https://headspace.org.au/covid-19/.”