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LGBTI students set to be able to claim ‘bullying’ allowances in Victorian schools

Neil Mitchell
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Victoria is expected to become the first state where students can excuse their poor results on homophobia and bullying.

But education officials have questioned whether it’s a good idea.

Students will be able to apply to the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre, claim they were bullied, and still get into their preferred course.

It comes under what’s called a ‘Special Entry Access Scheme’.

Tony Jones spoke with Kevin Donnelly, Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University.

In 2014, Mr Donnelly was co-author of a Review of the Australian Curriculum.

‘I think it’s wrong, I taught year 12 for many years in Victoria… I know the system pretty well.’ 

‘I believe it should be on merit and ability, unless there are really special cases. I mean, if you’re a young student and you’ve had a bereavement in the family, or something has happened in terms of family violence and you’ve had to move out.’

‘When you’re looking at lesbian gay transsexual student, I think that’s going a step too far.’ – Mr Donnelly said on 3AW Mornings.

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