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Teacher sacked after HSC blunder

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THE teacher at the centre of an “appalling” HSC blunder in which students were taught the wrong maths course has been sacked.

Paul Withers, a permanent casual teacher at Coonamble High School in the state’s central west since the start of the year, was given his marching orders by education chiefs today following a barrage of complaints from families.

It is understood that education investigators are also looking at whether Mr Withers’s accreditation to teach in NSW should be withdrawn.

Education bosses are investigating how students have been taught the wrong mathematics course for the past seven months.

Coonamble High School acted after the maths blunder.

Five Year 11 and two Year 12 students elected to study General Mathematics 2 for the HSC but have been taught General Mathematics 1 since the start of the year.

Kait O’Meagher in Year 12 at Coonamble High School said she was aiming to get an ATAR of 80 in her HSC because she wanted to study information technology at university.

“I don’t want a free pass, I still want to work for my HSC but this does add to our stress,” she said.

“I have to go to school now to do some extra study and tutoring.”

Education Minister Rob Stokes said he was “absolutely appalled” by the revelations which were broken by broadcaster Ray Hadley on 2GB radio after receiving a complaint.

Mr Stokes told The Daily Telegraph yesterday in a statement: “I am angry for the students at what I have learnt this morning. It appears the correct procedures to inform students and parents has not occurred.”

Source: dailytelegraph

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