Oz Student Loses Appeal Over Not High Enough 99.95 Marks In HSC

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   (2012-07-04 00:00:00)

Sydney,: A former Abbotsleigh student, who achieved a university entry rank of 99.95, won fifth place in the state for chemistry and a place at the University of Sydney studying medicine, has lost an appeal alleging discrimination stopped her getting full marks.

Sarah Hui Xin's mother, Eileen, lodged complaint after complaint to the school and to the Board of Studies since her daughter completed the HSC in 2008, arguing that her daughter was discriminated against.

Wong lost her appeal against a decision by the NSW Board of Studies on Monday not to grant her special examination provisions in the form of a computer and extra exam time for the 2008 Higher School Certificate.

She took the Board of Studies to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, claiming she was unlawfully discriminated against on the ground of disability, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

s Wong, now 21, said the board failed to adequately accommodate her joint hyper mobility of the wrist and hand during her English advanced and modern history exams.

She was granted rest breaks during the exams. She was also offered the use of a writer, who would take down her dictation. However, she chose not to use this option.

Wong scored a university entry rank of 99.95 and is studying a combined degree in science and medicine at the University of Sydney. She came fifth in the HSC chemistry exam when she was in year 11 in 2007.

However, she told the tribunal she believed if she had been granted a computer or extra time, she would have achieved much higher marks.

The tribunal found that Wong failed to establish her claims of discrimination and dismissed her complaint.

It also said it was not satisfied that without a computer, Wong was unable to perform to her ability in the same way that persons without her disability could have done.

Wong has been ordered to pay some of the Board of Studies' costs, including a proportion of the fees of the leading Sydney barrister Chris Ronalds, SC.