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New university students to be celebrated

  • Early university acceptance a welcome relief for many
  • Educational disruption set to impact further year levels
  • Opportunity for further policy change

Congratulations are in order for more than 1600 Tasmanian Year 12 students who have received an offer to study at the University of Tasmania from next year.

Shadow Education Minister Josh Willie said it is clear the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the education of all Tasmanian students, and early acceptance to university will help ease stress towards the end of the school year.

“The government’s Schools Recommendation Program is to be commended for giving students a non-traditional way to access further study.

“By allowing university acceptance based on pre-pandemic results and recommendations from teachers, it has removed barriers and stress put in place by a disrupted final year – which will be welcome relief to these students and their families as they begin preparations for final exams.

“I would like to see this program continue. Let’s create an educational system that values character and contribution as well as formal grades and ATAR results.

“These 1600 students are to be congratulated on their achievements.”

Josh Willie
Shadow Minister for Education