HSC STUDENTS USED 'AS PAWNS'
I call on the NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell to stand down over the management of the HSC with the changes announced on Friday.
Clearly the NSW government has failed to manage the COVID-19 cases.
Now the decision for the continuation of the HSC feels like HSC students are being used as pawns in a game to justify taking vaccines away from communities like Wilcannia.
As a parent of a year 12 student, I do not believe students should remain in school longer than normal.
Students are prepared to complete their exams now and move on. Their time at school is over.
This delay negatively impacts them emotionally, educationally and financially.
I also personally know of the negative impacts on individuals.
International students who had flights booked to return home after two years abroad now can't.
My own daughter had a job lined up for later November which she cannot start.
The decision to delay the HSC has implications. I don't believe the needs of the students have been considered.
Greg Adamson, Griffith
LET OUR PUPILS LOOSE ON LOGO
What happened to community input? ("City logo faces facelift", The Daily Advertiser, August 25).
Why can't the school students of Wagga Wagga submit designs, and have the community vote on the winner?
Stephen Sutton, Wagga
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STATE MUST PUT PEOPLE FIRST
In the last few days, NSW has recorded record numbers of coronavirus cases.
Yet, we have been told we are on a 'safe' pathway to opening up.
The Doherty modelling assumes that there is an active TTIQ (track, trace, isolate, quarantine) system in place, but NSW lost grip of the tracking and tracing some time ago.
Now, we face a boom in clinical cases, including in relatively isolated communities such as Wilcannia.
The irony that Indigenous Australians are supposedly a priority group for vaccination should not be missed.
Gladys Berejiklian seems to avoid any hard questioning from the media, very unlike the Victorian situation last year when Dan Andrews was relentlessly asked the same questions repeatedly from the NewsCorp hacks at press conferences.
With ambulance and hospital services already stretched in some areas, consider the other patients who lose out due to coronavirus cases: emergency cases, surgery cases, cancer treatment and many others.
Yesterday's Guardian Australia reports that nurses are sedating non-COVID ICU patients as a desperate measure to allow them to stay on top of their hospital cases. This is nothing short of appalling.
The suspicion is that the NSW approach to 'living with the virus' prioritises the economy over the people of NSW, and the only safe plan from a federal perspective is to return Scott Morrison to the PM role within the next year.
Sarah Pollard Williams, Brucedale
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