Exam markers have chastised high school media teachers for encouraging students to write about R-rated films in Year 12 exams.
A report released this week on last year’s stage three media production and analysis exam raised concerns that many students had chosen to write about “inappropriate texts”.
“A vast proportion of candidates referred in detail to R-rated material, which was surprising,” it said.
The report urged teachers to choose “suitable texts”.
“The rating of each text is obviously an issue for schools based on the age of candidates, but the sheer violence and sexual content of some of the texts being discussed in examinations is of concern,” it said.
The markers said students generally wrote better responses to positive films that teenagers could relate to with their limited life experience.