An increasing number of high school students with anxiety and concentration issues are being classified as 'disabled' and are given special provisions for their HSC exams.
Data from the NSW Board of Studies shows that private schools are more likely to apply for special 'disability provisions' to give students rest breaks during their final high school exams.
More than 3,700 students were granted rest breaks during the HSC last year for 'demonstrated pain, anxiety disorder or concentration issues'.
Private schools are more likely to apply for special 'disability provisions' to give students with anxiety and concentration issues rest breaks during their HSC exams, data shows
Private schools applied for disability provisions for 13.2 per cent of their students, while 8 per cent were approved in state schools.
One in three students at Sydney's prestigious St Andrew's Cathedral School were granted disability provisions for the 2015 HSC exams.
According to my daughter this also happens in Victoria. She knows of friends in private school who will apply for 'special consideration' for their VCE exams this year. One because she might get a nose bleed!
Only one of her contemporaries at her state high applied last year and that was because she was dyslexic. That meant she had a little extra time.