Applecross business owner says students under more strain


Educators Megan Bagworth and Pam Bagworth say students are feeling the pressure more these days .
Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d460045
Educators Megan Bagworth and Pam Bagworth say students are feeling the pressure more these days . Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d460045

HIGHER unemployment levels are putting pressure on young people to do well in their exams, according to Academic Task Force owner Pamela Bagworth.

The Applecross company – which provides exam boost session in the school holidays, small group help on weekends, master classes and publications – recently celebrated its 30th birthday.

Dr Bagworth bought Academic Task Force from founder Adrian Doesburg 22 years ago and then acquired Academic Associates in 2013 to form Academic Group.

Daughter Megan Bagworth is the group’s education manager.

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Dr Bagworth said some things had not changed in her 22 years with the company.

“Kids are desperate to get good marks and get stressed out before exams,” she said.

“They want to know how to deal with the exam questions. That hasn’t changed.”

But she said there was more pressure now to attend university, requiring students achieve higher ATAR scores.

The industry has also experienced constant syllabus changes.