The NSW 2022 Higher School Certificate (HSC) exams have kicked off this weekend with more than 5,600 students completing their oral language exams. On Monday, HSC performance exams in Dance, Music and Drama will also begin for more than 9,500 students.

With teachers having to provide marks for both oral language and performance exams last year due to COVID-19 disruptions, Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said it was great to see the HSC return to normal.

“I know students starting their exams are breathing a sigh of relief having had a smoother start to their HSC journey,” Ms Mitchell said.

“All students can take comfort in that fact that we have stringent measures in place to reduce potential disruptions this year, including alternative arrangements if they are unable to sit an exam due to illness.”

Ms Mitchell said COVID-smart protocols will be in place, including physical distancing and strongly encouraging face masks. Hand sanitiser, alcohol wipes and masks will also be readily available to students.

“Our most important message to students is to stay home and get tested if you feel unwell on the day of an exam.”

Ms Mitchell said around 76,000 students are working to complete their HSC program this year, and languages was the first of 126 courses to be examined.

“Learning a second language is an invaluable experience and an important skill in a globalised world,” Ms Mitchell said.

“In NSW, we are surrounded by rich and diverse languages –and the NSW Curriculum provides students from all backgrounds the opportunity to engage with and value those cultures.”

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