- Sep 30, 2004
- Uni Grad
The first section of the compulsory HSC English paper will not be double marked this year, prompting concern from teachers that the scaled-back approach could result in unfair marks because the answers are not "black or white".
Previously, all English papers were marked by two markers to ensure quality control.
The three questions in the first section, which are worth 15 of the paper's 45 marks and assess students on how well they "describe, explain and analyse the relationship between language, text and context", will only be marked once, in a similar way that mathematics and science are marked.
Head English teachers and exam markers have told Fairfax Media that some students write long, detailed answers in that section and to mark once was "undervaluing" that section, but the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards defended the move.
"Properly trained markers are able to determine the correct mark for every response they are presented with," a Board of Studies spokesman said. [...]