I’m glad I wasn’t making a decision on this. I don’t think there is one that would keep everyone happy.
This way though, anyone who is on course for a h1, will still be on that course.
If it was decided that the written exam was worth 100% it would have meant students who were excellent at oral work would have to work harder for the written exam, and may well get a lower grade that expected.
For anyone on course for lower grades, it’s an advantage of course, but as it’s an equal advantage to all, it’s fair.
For those not doing practical subject S or languages, you could argue that they were always at a disadvantage, since they don’t have a large component out of the way in March/April.