The ATAR debate continues in today’s Age with former Monash University Chancellor and Australia’s Chief Scientist calling for students to follow their study interests over scores.

Australia’s Chief Scientist has attacked the national scoring system for university entry, arguing it discourages high school students from taking on difficult subjects for fear of getting a lower score.

Dr Alan Finkel said Australian universities’ intense focus on the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank as the bar for acceptance was setting students up to perform poorly once they reached tertiary education.

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