Board of Studies yields in HSC coloured paper dispute

Wollongong High School year 12 student Brayden Kennedy, who has a form of dyslexia, has been granted permission to use coloured paper in his Higher School Certificate exams. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Wollongong High School year 12 student Brayden Kennedy, who has a form of dyslexia, has been granted permission to use coloured paper in his Higher School Certificate exams. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Wollongong High School's Brayden Kennedy has won his battle with the Board of Studies and will be allowed to use pink paper for his Higher School Certificate exams.

The year 12 student has a form of dyslexia, Irlen Syndrome, and was concerned his stellar academic record would suffer because of a change in conditions for using coloured paper in exams.

He turned to the Mercury last week for support because the Board of Studies has dispensed with coloured paper for dyslexic students, providing coloured overlay filters on top of white paper instead.

Those who feel they need coloured paper instead of overlays must now sit a test by the board and submit an application.

The 18-year-old said the test made him sick.

Brayden's mother Linda O'Connor said she was relieved his third application to use coloured paper rather than the filters, had been granted.

"We got there in the end," she said. "But it doesn't change the fact that their policy, its planning and its implementation were poorly managed and caused undue stress to all concerned.

"I am glad it went to the media because there are a lot of people out there who need to know about it and fight for their kids' rights."

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