2021 HSC students say NESA leaving them in the dark over exams and timetables

A NESA spokesperson said: “HSC results services will be available to support students with inquiries”.

While Clare believed “it’s the exams that are creating stress, not university admissions,” both Cr Grattan and Clare said the group was advocating for all students to get into their preferred university course, with first year university marks to determine whether the student is fit to continue in their course, rather than their ATAR.

Students in local government areas of concern are also annoyed.

“We are a bit frustrated with the lack of communication,” said Stephanie Nwosu, school captain of Nagle College Blacktown.

Vice-captain Erika Yu said: “I do see that this is a really difficult situation [with COVID-19] and it is hard to make decisions when we are in this situation. Students feel as if decisions are being made blindly … I’ve lost my connection to be able to study or focus on certain things because I feel like there’s so much going on.”

Even in areas with low COVID-19 transmission rates, students say it would be unfair if the exams went ahead.

“We’re all feeling pretty burnt out and worn out. It’s not able to be a fair and equitable assessment for everyone,” said Maddie Lucas of Korowal School in the Blue Mountains, “if they cancelled the exams, I feel that is what most students are asking for.

“I just don’t think it’s worth the risk of getting ill or taking it home to our families.”

The timetable for written exams is due to be set this month.

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