All 12th grade Australian students will graduate in 2020 despite Covid-19 disturbances, after the education minister ruled out “year 13” to complete their studies in 2021.
The federal education minister, Dan Tehan, told reporters in Melbourne that the Coag education board unanimously agreed “there will be no 13, there will be no mass repetition”.
“Every student will get Atar [Australian Tertiary Admission Rank] certificate for 2020, so they can go to university, vocational education, or employment, next year, “he said.
The University of Australia’s chief executive, Catriona Jackson, welcomed the move, saying that “there is no interest in anyone – whether students, their parents, schools or universities – to stop students from moving out”.
In early March, the national cabinet came under strong pressure from the public to close schools in response to Covid-19, which it had refused because of expert medical advice children are less likely to transmit the corona virus and closure can last for months.
Victoria continues school holidays, while states and other territories use student free days to prepare conditions 2 and 3 sent via e-learning after the Easter holidays.
Personal attendance has dropped by 5% in New South Wales in the state system Independent schools move tuition fees online and Catholic and public the school rushes to catch up, amid warnings of a “digital divide” between schools.
Australian University is change the traditional acceptance policy to explain the disturbance in 12th grade student studies.
On Tuesday, Tehan told 12th grade students in a statement that “the work you will do in the 12th year is very important and your results will be as valuable as the previous year”.
States and territories will “follow national principles to support local decisions” – with each jurisdiction responsible for delivering an intermediate certificate, he said.
Tehan told reporters that each state and territory would decide the year-end assessment process in their jurisdiction, while the Commonwealth would work with universities and the vocational education sector to determine how Atars would be assessed.
“We want this year’s Atar score to look like last year’s Atar score and there’s no reason we can’t do that.”
Tehan said that primary schools pose “challenges” that place “additional requirements on teachers and require parents to be patient” but teachers will be given resources to teach at all levels.
“Everyone is committed to ensuring that as much learning as possible will be carried out this year.
“Covid-19 will take a lot from us. But everyone is determined that it will not take education from our children. “
Asked whether schools would return within term 2, Tehan confirmed the Northern Territory would continue “as usual” while Western Australia and South Australia also considered their situation.
Jackson said that the university uses “various methods for assessing and accepting students – other than Atar”.
“For 12th grade students, this includes assessing student outcomes in grades 11 and 12, especially in subjects that are most relevant to the level of students have applied,” he said.
“Universities can review student work portfolios and consider extracurricular activities.
“If necessary, universities use aptitude tests. All universities offer various bridging, preparation and preparation programs to prepare students for the university, providing other pathways. “