nah but fr how dumb do u have to be to give such bad marks to a student who is clearly state-ranking level and give better marks to people who just werentOh wow yeah depending on what school you go to, some teachers can be really tough markers. Especially the school I went to (I won't say for privacy reasons), it seemed as if our teachers were reluctant to give 20s and 19s for some reason. But don't worry ... if your friend's results tell you anything, it's that HSC markers generally tend to give higher marks than internal teachers will.
this wasnt a case of a student working their ass off just for the hsc exam - he worked his ass off for all his assessments and just got scammed internally
internal marking can be tough but the purpose of internals is to rank the cohort effectively and clearly the teachers were on smth when they were marking bc they were REALLY unable to tell the difference between really good and bad