A number of changes to the HSC timetable have been made to minimise COVID-19 impacts to students and schools.
The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) COVID-19 Response Committee on Wednesday announced a number of changes to the 2021 HSC timetable.
These included rescheduling the Oral language exams to run from August 14 to September 18 for students in Greater Sydney and regional NSW, and rescheduling the Dance performance exams to run from August 9-13 in schools in regional NSW, and September 13-17 for schools in Greater Sydney.
NESA has also decided to extend the due date for the Society and Culture Personal Interest Project by two weeks to August 9.
Chair of the Response Committee, Professor Peter Shergold said these decisions reflect the latest health advice and are part of ongoing decisions providing certainty to students.
"We know students, particularly those in Greater Sydney, need as much support as possible as they prepare to hand in their major projects and sit exams.
"Our priority is to limit disruption to HSC students and provide as much clarity as possible to them and their schools," Prof Shergold said.
Strict COVID safety measures will be in place for all HSC exams and students will be required to follow the public health orders at the time of the exam.
To prevent the mixing of students from different schools, NESA will re-program the session dates, times and venues of the oral language exams in Greater Sydney. Oral language exams for students in regional NSW will also be held online where ever possible.
"We are continuing to work closely with NSW Health and will provide a further update to schools early next week about due dates for the other major projects and Drama and Music performance exams currently scheduled for later in August," Prof Shergold said.
CEO of NESA Paul Martin said students will obtain their HSC this year.
"My message to students is to continue studying and focus on achieving your best as we work with all schools to ensure the HSC continues with minimal disruptions.
"We are working with all sectors, with Health and the Department of Education to create contingency plans and COVID safe guidelines for running the HSC," Mr Martin said.
With the physical and mental wellbeing of students remaining a priority, students and parents are urged to visit the Stay Healthy HSC hub for tips, resources and study advice.
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