iPods allowed into exams

Posted: May 24, 2011 in Broken Britain

IlieA schoolgirl has won the right to use an iPod while sitting her exams – after claiming she can only concentrate while listening to her favourite music. The pupil has to sit in a separate area to prevent the noise from her headphones distracting other students.

But once every school kid jumps on the bandwagon, which they surely will, separate areas for the iPod users will soon get smaller so other kids will have to endure the infuriating invasion of their eardrums by someone else’s choice of music whilst trying to concentrate on an exam. Even if it the iPod is turned down there is always just enough noise emanating to distract you from what you are doing whilst part of your brain is involuntarily trying to work out what the tune now playing is called.

Pretty soon the 02 arena will have to be hired for exams so every iPod using student will have large enough separate areas of their own otherwise they will not be able to concentrate on their own iPod music whilst concentrating on the exam in progress.

The girl won the unprecedented concession after threatening legal action against her school and examination authorities.

The Mary Erskine School for girls in Edinburgh, where boarders pay nearly £18,000 a year, has been forced to buy a new iPod that is loaded with the girl’s choice of music by a teacher – to ensure no exam answers are hidden among the tracks.

Staff had initially refused the request, fearing it would open the door to the possibility of cheating.

The girl’s parents then took her case to the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) examination board, which also ruled it out.

However, it was forced to back down after reportedly being threatened with legal action under the Equalities Act because the girl, a year six pupil, (equivalent to year 13 in England) often struggles to pay attention in class. That old chestnut.

The move has been allowed under what the SQA calls ‘special arrangements’. Now, SQA chiefs are getting ready for a flood of similar claims. Exam invigilators are also furious because loading the iPod has added to their workload.

How long before some smart kid says he has to have his comfort text books with him otherwise he feels insecure taking exams?

  1. byothermeans says:

    Never believe anything that originates from The Daily Fail. 😉

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