New South Wales’ Year 12 HSC exams will take place in November with kindergarten, year 6 and year 11 students expected to return to classrooms by mid-October.
Sky News understands crisis cabinet had considered abandoning the HSC altogether but opted to go ahead with the exams due to the mental health impact such a decision might have.
It is also understood selected groups of students could return to school as once more than 70 per cent of the state is fully vaccinated.
“NSW HSC is to go ahead but it’s delayed … Premier Gladys Berejiklian will make this announcement tomorrow,” Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell said.
“What I can tell you though is I’ve heard that the government, the crisis committee of Cabinet considered abandoning the HSC altogether, they considered having it at the time it’s now set for and they considered the effect of mental health on delaying it.
“Essentially, that will go ahead, as I understand it a couple of weeks late.
“The other thing that’s been put to me is there has been this speculation in recent days about year 6, year 11 and kindy going back as a first step.
“What’s been suggested to me is that that could occur in mid-October; that would occur not at the 70 per cent rate, a bit higher but not as high as the 80 per cent double dose and they’re looking at getting to 80 per cent double dose in NSW by the end of October.”