NESA recently announced that the Casio FX 100 AU and 100 AU PLUS will be banned for the new syllabus:

"The Casio fx-100AU and Casio fx-100AU PLUS models will not be approved for use in NSW HSC examinations after 2019." from https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/hsc/rules-and-processes/approved-calculators (June 2019 version) -

This follows Casio’s own newly released video on how to use the calculators to do calculations with them for normal distributions. NESA would prefer the calculations to be done via trapezoidal rule.

This is not a new feature. It has been there for years.

Yet only now has NESA decided to ban the calculators.

At what point last year did they inform year 10 students that they will ban these calculators for the new syllabus?

When were year 11 students told?

When were teachers told?

In fact nobody was told till now.

When will current year 11 students who purchased these calculators months ago be compensated because of the incompetent and lethargic decision making processes at NESA?

NESA’s lack of knowledge of the functionalities of the calculators would probably have a large part to do with this huge delay in this decision.

Their incompetence, lethargy and lack of effective communication has clearly led to a financial loss to many year 11 students - a clear trigger for a class action law suit against NESA.

If NESA want to continue down the path of ad-hoc decisions regardless of the financial consequences for their victims then they should be prepared for quite a legal fight on their hands - and also be prepared to lose such fights - as well as substantial legal costs.

"The Casio fx-100AU and Casio fx-100AU PLUS models will not be approved for use in NSW HSC examinations after 2019." from https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/hsc/rules-and-processes/approved-calculators (June 2019 version) -

**EDIT - Following publication of a Sydney Morning Herald article linked to in a subsequent post below, this statement has now been removed and replaced with "A list of approved calculators for the 2020 HSC will be made available in September 2019."**

SECOND EDIT: NESA have now backed down and included the 100AU and 100AU PLUS on the new list at https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/hsc/rules-and-processes/approved-calculators/calculators-for-the-2020-2021-hscSECOND EDIT: NESA have now backed down and included the 100AU and 100AU PLUS on the new list at https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/hsc/rules-and-processes/approved-calculators/calculators-for-the-2020-2021-hsc

This follows Casio’s own newly released video on how to use the calculators to do calculations with them for normal distributions. NESA would prefer the calculations to be done via trapezoidal rule.

This is not a new feature. It has been there for years.

Yet only now has NESA decided to ban the calculators.

At what point last year did they inform year 10 students that they will ban these calculators for the new syllabus?

When were year 11 students told?

When were teachers told?

In fact nobody was told till now.

When will current year 11 students who purchased these calculators months ago be compensated because of the incompetent and lethargic decision making processes at NESA?

NESA’s lack of knowledge of the functionalities of the calculators would probably have a large part to do with this huge delay in this decision.

Their incompetence, lethargy and lack of effective communication has clearly led to a financial loss to many year 11 students - a clear trigger for a class action law suit against NESA.

If NESA want to continue down the path of ad-hoc decisions regardless of the financial consequences for their victims then they should be prepared for quite a legal fight on their hands - and also be prepared to lose such fights - as well as substantial legal costs.

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