COVID-19 – 8 April
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I write with an update regarding recent changes to VCE/VCAL and VET in light of the current situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus).
The Victorian Premier and Minister for Education have announced the following changes to VCE studies.
VCE students will still receive an ATAR, but there will be a number of adjustments to the academic timetable for VCE and VCAL students:
- the GAT will move from June to October or November
- end-of-year exams will be postponed until at least December
- school-based assessment tasks will be reduced where possible to relieve some pressure on students as they move to remote and flexible learning arrangements
- universities will be asked to delay the start of the 2021 university year to account for the impact of COVID-19 on senior secondary students.
VCE study scores will continue to be a combination of school-based assessment and external exams.
VCAL students will have more time to complete their courses and this will be consistent with the revised dates for the VCE.
The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) is also examining a compressed end-of-year exam schedule, including slightly shortening each exam, in recognition of the disruption caused by the pandemic.
A small number of students undertaking VET may have the award of their VCE or VCAL delayed until the beginning of 2021, so that they can complete mandatory practical or workplace learning requirements. This will ensure they are not disadvantaged by the lack of hands-on practice.
As updates arrive I will continue to keep you informed. Thank you for your continued support.
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