Year 12 HSC defended by TikTok star who sympathises after Covid-19 pandemic delays end of year exams


A TikToker has defended Year 12 students as they prepare to sit for their HSC after their final examinations were delayed and students were told to stop ‘whinging’.

The social media star, who goes by the name of Uncle Nathan, said he sympathised with students after their end-of-year exams were pushed back because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The HSC is normally held in October but students have been forced to sit them in November. To add more pressure, they have spent most of the school year learning from home. 

‘Year 12 students have basically been studying for over 10 weeks now for exams that might not even happen,’ Uncle Nathan said in a TikTok video.

The social media star, who goes by the name of Uncle Nathan, said he sympathised with students after their end-of-year exams were pushed back because of the Covid-19 pandemic

The social media star, who goes by the name of Uncle Nathan, said he sympathised with students after their end-of-year exams were pushed back because of the Covid-19 pandemic

The HSC is normally held in October but students have been forced to sit them in November. To add more pressure, they have spent most of the school year learning from home (stock image)

The HSC is normally held in October but students have been forced to sit them in November. To add more pressure, they have spent most of the school year learning from home (stock image)

‘It is significant. It is scary. Imagine having the most important thing in your life so far be just a few weeks only to be told, ”Oh wait, we’re just going to push it back a little bit”.’

‘And then you start preparing for that date, and they push it back again.’ 

Disruptions to classroom learning has been experienced by final year students across the entire country. Though some have been allowed to return to campus sooner than others.

Students living in regional Victoria have been allowed to return to the classroom. 

Those living in Greater Melbourne must continue with online learning as stay-at-home orders remain in place.

In NSW, Year 12 students living outside of the 12 local government areas of concern have been able to access their school campus. Meanwhile, their peers in western Sydney have been banned from returning to the classroom. 

Full-access to school resources will finally be given to all students on October 29. They will then have to sit their exams less than two weeks later on November 9.

The constant changes to the exam dates and limited access to resources has only added more pressure on students.

Year 12 student Tara Linker admitted the year had been challenging and that students held massive concerns for their future. 

Uncle Nathan's TikTok video has drawn praise from high school students who have thanked the social media star for throwing his support behind them during this difficult time

Uncle Nathan’s TikTok video has drawn praise from high school students who have thanked the social media star for throwing his support behind them during this difficult time

‘We have had to face weeks of uncertainty about our trials, had to sit our trials online and have missed our last term of school – no final assembly, no graduation ceremony, no last recess or lunch with our friends,’ she told Sydney Morning Herald.

‘Now we have been told that our HSC is to be delayed by another month. I think I am most angry about the lack of consultation.’

In his video, Uncle Nathan said it was time for residents to stop giving Year 12s a hard time and to take their unprecedented situation seriously. 

‘All of us adults have to quit giving the Year 12s such a hard time and understand that this s*** is hard for them,’ Uncle Nathan said.

‘Instead of looking at all the Year 12 students like little babies having a cry let’s start helping them. Let’s make the HSC easier for them. Let’s give them these certainties.’ 

‘I’m so sick of everyone having a go at each other. The HSC is the hardest thing you’ve ever done up until that point.’

In NSW, Year 12 students living outside of the 12 local government areas of concern have been able to access their school campus

In NSW, Year 12 students living outside of the 12 local government areas of concern have been able to access their school campus

‘For you and I, it’s easy to sit here and say why are you complaining, the HSC doesn’t even matter. ‘But to all the students who are doing the HSC right now, it does matter.’

His TikTok video has drawn praise from high school students who have thanked the social media star for throwing his support behind them during this difficult time.

‘Thank you so much – from a struggling Year 12 student,’ one person wrote.

Another person added: ‘Me watching this as I am sitting on my Zoom “graduation”.’ 

Other residents have remained unsympathetic and told Year 12 students to stop complaining.

‘Buckle up buttercup life is yet to kick you in the nuts,’ one person wrote.

Another person added: ‘Need to toughen up’. 



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