Record turnout for HSC exams

MORE than 2000 students across the Northern Rivers are preparing for the first major Higher School Certificate (HSC) exam tomorrow, part of the record 71,310 students sitting for the compulsory English test statewide.

NSW Minister for Education and Training Verity Firth said 2010 had shown record growth in several areas, including dual qualification and science.

The HSC examination timetable begins today with Business Studies – the third most popular subject.

Ms Firth said Business Studies led Biology by one enrolment.

“What’s exciting this year is that about one-third of HSC students will graduate with a dual qualification,” Ms Firth said.

“That means they will graduate with their HSC credential and a nationally-recognised vocational certificate.

“This year has been also a particularly good year for our State, with every one of the five HSC science courses recording an increase in enrolments.

“Every HSC science course grew this year and about 45 per cent of all HSC students study at least one science course.”

Three out of four Year 12 students have chosen mathematics as an elective, making it by far the most popular subject with 53,600 students expected to be sitting their exam next Thursday.

The HSC Advice Line – which is staffed by experienced teachers – can be accessed by calling 13 11 12 Monday to Thursday, 4pm to 10pm; Saturday, 10am to 6pm; and Sunday, 10am to 10pm.



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