Monday 1 November 2010

Trouble erupts over HSC exam error

ANCIENT history students are the victims of a Higher School Certificate exam mistake, aptly - and literally - known as Herculaneum Gate.
In 2008 HSC examiners in their annual post-mortem upbraided students who confused the two towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Two years later the examiners are accused of making the same error in a compulsory question posed to 12,269 students.
In last Friday's exam, students were asked about inscriptions from a cemetery excavated at Herculaneum.
But a cemetery has never been found at the Herculaneum archaeological site.
The inscriptions come from tombs at Pompeii, near the town's Herculaneum Gate.
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