More than 15,000 students have completed their Year 12 studies for the South Australian Certificate of Education despite the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Figures show a record 402 Aboriginal students completed the SACE along with 323 students with an intellectual disability.

All students will be able to access their results online on Tuesday.

“The Class of 2020 will be remembered as a remarkable group of students who showed the world that they had the resilience and tenacity to achieve success in their SACE.” Education Minister John Gardner said.

“Despite all of the challenges that they have faced through the COVID-19 pandemic, students have focused on their learning and their determination and hard work has truly paid off.

“With the support of the SACE Board, schools and educators have been able to support their students and I commend our educators on doing such an amazing job through a challenging year.”

As the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic hit SA, many schools switch to online learning although schools remained open for most of the year.

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Universities also took a flexible approach, offering varied ways for students to qualify for a tertiary place in 2021.

SACE Board chief executive Martin Westwell said while students had faced a challenging year, their results were not compromised.

“As a community, the hallmark of our shared response to COVID-19 has been to continue the learning,” Professor Westwell said.

“We have worked together and held the line on the rigour of learning in the SACE and I am so proud that the SACE of 2020 will stand up against any other year, past or future.”

AAP

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