There is a report out that suggests that exam results are poorer if the exams are held during big football events. Never having been a follower of sport I don’t exactly see the importance but I can see several things about this that show how weak our priorities are becoming.
For those who don’t revise properly there seems to be a feeling that there are not enough years to enjoy oneself and every possible time should be taken, including the ones in the few formative years when we take our initial exams.
There is an acceptance of this in the answer given that exams should be set at times that do not clash with big sporting events.
Worse it would seem to me that most of the students effected by this are only watching on TV so it’s hardly a problem of participation, more a problem of being able to say one watched so one can discuss the results with one’s friends. The wrong kind of results in this instance.
But then very few of the overpaid sports people have good exam results anyway but quite a lot of expendable income, so perhaps there is wish-fulfillment here amongst certain students.
But our Government wants a certain percentage of students to be poor students because they expect them to be the ones who collect our rubbish and clean our streets.
And it is Governments who give out licenses to TV companies and make the laws about examinations. They hardly care.