Failing the test

May 24, 2012

You are a pupil who has been studying hard for your GCSE examinations. Today you face the Religious Studies exam.

When the invigilator gives you permission to turn over your paper, you do so, and find the following question: "Explain briefly why some people are prejudiced against Jews." Briefly, mark you. While the examination board responsible has insisted that it does not necessarily imply acceptance of such prejudice, it is scarcely credible that such a question would be asked about Islamophobia or mindless antipathy to black people.

So, what would be an acceptable answer and how would it be marked? Horns, possession of, eight out of ten? Blood, drinking of, five and a half? Control of the media, perhaps? The examination board needs to pay more attention to questions to sensitive teenagers.

Last updated: 3:30pm, May 24 2012