It’s an injustice for the ages! A student of an elite Sydney private school who achieved a rank of 99.95 out of 100 in her uni admissions score has lost her appeal to higher authorities that she could’ve done better in her exams if she’d been given more special provisions.
The student was claiming the Board of Studies had unlawfully discriminated against her in exams because they only provided her with rest breaks to help her recover from her hyper joint mobility of the wrist. She says she could’ve done that little bit better if she had a computer or some extra time, Fairfax reports.
There’s a lot to say about this. First, everyone’s wrists hurt during exams. Plenty of people who developed inflamed hyper-essayitis of the hand from scribbling analyses of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead had steam bursting out of their ears when they heard about the situation.
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Dear HSC English Syllabus, so I guess we are coming towards the end of what has been a long and volatile 6-year relationship.
We have seen each other grow from the simple seeds of Year 7; talking about ‘themes’ like ‘love’ and ‘relationships’ and ‘evil’; to the Year 10 hypocrisies of ‘prejudice’ and the evils of ‘appropriation’, and the importance of punctuation (please disregard poor grammar - it comes with time and patience, none of which I have at this moment).
Now in Year 12, there is an understanding that an ultimate truth and knowledge, in itself, probably doesn’t exist - but we all belong so, hey, it’s cool.
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The world changed for our universities with the release of the Bradley Review earlier this year.
One of the most significant changes is that universities will have to meet targets to increase their ‘participation of low socio-economic status students’. In other words, they must increase the number of kids from disadvantaged backgrounds gaining university degrees.
This will put pressure on the way universities traditionally select school-leavers for courses – by ranking every Year 12 student on a percentile scale with a system called the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, or ATAR.
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High school students in NSW may not know how they are judged by prospective universities and the admissions system needs a review – according to the man who designed it.
The scheme’s founder is calling for an inquiry into the university admissions system arguing recent changes have led to the loss of transparency for students and parents.
In an interview with The Punch, Professor George Cooney listed a series of changes by universities to the admissions process that he believes are undermining openness in the admissions system.
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In the latest incarnation of every child wins a prize, or in this case, no child wins the top prize, NSW and the ACT have joined the rest of the country in bringing to an end the chance for school leavers to get a mark of 100 in their HSC.
While in this case there is a statistical argument for closing the doors of the prestigious 100 club, I can’t help but lament the passing of the chance for some children to be considered, if not perfect, simply better than the rest.
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