Does the HSC really matter?

Psychologists dealing with HSC students say many are felling burnt out – suffering high stress and low motivation.

Exams have been pushed back with results not expected until Australia Day. A survey of more than 1,200 HSC students found 40 per cent wanted exams cancelled, one in three wanted them all to go ahead, but 90 per cent agreed the delay has had an impact on their mental health.

Concerns come amid discussions between HSC authorities and universities on when results will be released. Universities say they need them by mid-January. NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell and the HSC COVID-19 response committee have said they want all exams to go ahead – but Premier Gladys Berejiklian has said some may need to be cancelled to meet a mid-January deadline.

The Breakfast show, Eri and Lachie shared their experiences on how the HSC impacted their education and whether this stress is really necessary for students.

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