Schoolgirl wins right to use iPod in examsMay 23rd, 2011 - 7:53 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 23 (IANS) A schoolgirl in Scotland who claims she can’t concentrate when she doesn’t listen to music has been allowed — in an unprecedented concession — to use her iPod after she threatened to take legal action against the school authorities, a media report said Monday.
The Mary Erskine School in Edinburgh 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. The 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, Daily Mail reported.
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, according to the Mail.
SQA bosses have allowed the pupil, who is in the middle of her higher exams, to listen to the iPod as long as it can be “proved not to contain any prompts”, the newspaper said.
School staff are understood to be unhappy with the decision but were forced to comply as the SQA is the governing body for higher examinations.
The pupil has to sit in a separate area to prevent the noise from her headphones distracting other students.
Now, SQA chiefs are bracing themselves for a flood of similar claims. Exam invigilators are also furious because loading the iPod has added to their workload.
They fear traditional exam invigilation will be severely disrupted because hundreds of other pupils’ iPods may have to be checked.
“I would have thought the whole idea of using an iPod, or any other portable music device, in an exam would be ridiculous,” the Mail quoted Nick Seaton, spokesman for the Campaign for Real Education, as saying. “Exams are a serious matter and they lose their integrity when some pupils are treated differently from others.”
Linda Moule, deputy head at The Mary Erskine School, confirmed that the pupil has been allowed to use an iPod.
- A girl uses iPod to prevent kidnapping - Oct 31, 2010
- Apple redesigns iPod touch, updates iPod nano - Sep 13, 2012
- 'Personal reasons may have driven Dana to suicide' (Lead) - May 04, 2012
- Listening to iPod at full volume can damage hearing - Jun 15, 2012
- Amity students hold candlelight vigil for Dana Sangma - Apr 27, 2012
- iPods filled with music could help patients recover from ops faster - Dec 26, 2010
- No evidence of racial bias against Dana: Amity varsity - May 04, 2012
- New 'Headphone Hoodie' lets you play music from your hoodie! - Jan 12, 2011
- Ex-servicemen to invigilate in Himachal school exams - Feb 25, 2012
- Charlotte Church' songs in English curriculum for Brit schools - Jun 15, 2010
- Gizmos replacing pens as kids' essential classroom kit: Survey - Apr 24, 2011
- Mom challenges family to unplug for 6 months - Jan 21, 2011
- Apple's new iWatch can be worn on wrist - Sep 09, 2010
- British queen now wants an iPad - May 09, 2011
- Diana's funeral hymn to be first sung at royal wedding - Apr 29, 2011
Tags: choice of music, concession, daily mail, erskine, exam answers, governing body, headphones, invigilators, mary erskine school, new ipod, portable music, pupil, real education, school authorities, school staff, schoolgirl, scottish qualifications authority, seaton, sqa, workload