Con­cerns over TCE mark­ers re­jected

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - ALEX LUT­TRELL

THE of­fice in charge of as­sess­ing Tas­ma­nian sec­ondary school stu­dents has re­jected union claims there will not be enough staff to mark ex­ams this year.

The Aus­tralian Ed­u­ca­tion Union has ac­cused the Of­fice of Tas­ma­nian As­sess­ment, Stan­dards and Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of not hav­ing enough staff to mark Tas­ma­nian Cer­tifi­cate of Ed­u­ca­tion ex­ams, which be­gan this week.

AEU Sec­ondary Col­leges com­mit­tee of man­age­ment pres­i­dent Peta-Ma­ree Rev­el­lCook said as an ex­am­ple, one health and PE sub­ject that re­quired 20 mark­ers had only been al­lo­cated 10 mark­ers to com­plete 115 hours of work.

Ms Rev­ell-Cook called on the as­sess­ment of­fice to as­sure stu­dents it would pro­vide an ad­e­quate amount of qual­ity mark­ers, with mark­ing to start on Novem­ber 24.

“Not hav­ing enough staff means that mark­ers will be rushed to get ev­ery­thing marked on the tight dead­line, which means the qual­ity of the mark­ing will inevitably suf­fer,” she said.

A spokes­woman for the as­sess­ment of­fice said enough staff had been ap­pointed from schools to mark ex­ams for most cour­ses.

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