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Posted by Garry Collins, ETAQ Immediate Past President on 29 August 2015

A slightly edited version of the letter below was published in The Courier-Mail of Saturday 29 August 2015. Underlined words were deleted and bracketed one inserted. The paper's heading for a collection of four letters was "External exams fairer and limit cheating".

External exams and the 21st century world

Clive Newton and Paul Thomson (Letters, 28/8) provide (provided) useful balance to the inflated claims by some about the benefits of external exams.

One thing this change represents is the return of time-pressured handwriting marathons as an educational gate-keeping mechanism.

In the contemporary world of ubiquitous keyboards and touch screens I wonder how well that will genuinely prepare students for the real world beyond the school gates.

Author: Garry Collins, ETAQ Immediate Past President
About: Garry Collins was ETAQ President from mid July 2005 to 15 March 2014. He taught English in state high schools for around 35 years and now tutors in English curriculum courses in the School of Education at the University of Queensland.
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