Victorian Year 12 students have been given the assurance they were looking for, that final exams will conclude this year and plans for 2021 can proceed as planned.
The Victorian government on May 22 confirmed that Victorian Certificate of Education exams would conclude by early December, only two weeks later than the pre-pandemic date.
This was welcome news to many school leavers wondering if their higher education plans for next year would be thwarted.
The encouraging news for Year 12s comes as they, along with Prep, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 11 students prepare to return to school from Tuesday.
All remaining year levels will return June 9.
Victoria recorded another 12 COVID-19 infections on Friday, bringing the state’s total to 1593.
Five of the new cases are related to an outbreak at Cedar Meats in Melbourne’s west, bringing the number of cases linked to the abattoir to 111.
Four returned travellers in hotel quarantine also tested positive, while two other new cases were detected through the community screening program.
Another case remains under investigation.
About 93 COVID-19 cases in Victoria remain active, with 10 people in hospital, including five in intensive care.
By Andi Yu