If this happened to me, I would absolutely lose it. Thank G-d I live on a country where the people running the school systems have at least somewhat of a brain. Here’s the report found on the JTA website:
DUBLIN (JTA) — A group of Jewish Irish students who were “quarantined” over Shabbat are taking a state English exam a day late.
While students across the rest of the country took the test, the handful of Jewish high-schoolers spent Saturday without access to electronic media under supervision in observant households in Dublin to ensure they did not have access to the questions on the national exam
The decision to quarantine came following discussions between Ireland’s only Jewish secondary school and the Irish state examination commission.
The test, which forms part of the Leaving Certificate college entrance exams, had to be re-scheduled from Thursday after teachers at a school in County Louth inadvertently distributed the paper a day early to students who were sitting for a different test.
Within hours the contents of the exam had been widely disseminated via text messages and the Internet, forcing the Irish Department of Education to postpone the test until Saturday.
The first question that comes to my mind is, what purpose does quarantining observant Jewish student serve when observing the Sabbath pretty much does the job for them? Since they can’t do anything related to the test due to restrictions, why should they have to watched over so they don’t find out contents of the exam. Shouldn’t the students’ word be enough? Either the kids in that area have built an reputation for beating the system or paranoia has become the preferred method of maintaining academic honesty.
When I’ve been in that scenario, I’ll admit that I’ve been tempted to call up a friend for help after Shabbat for an exam but don’t recall ever really benefiting from making a decision to do so. Then again under the circumstances mentioned in paper, I don’t think observant Jewish students should be punished for an error committed by the faculty. Besides how would I be able to go to synagogue? Would someone be keeping an eye at all times while I pray in the synagogue, reporting back any suspicious activity?
Just seems like a bonehead decision to me. For that, to whomever’s responsible – you’ve been loser listed. Where are your lucky charms now?MEMBERS OF THE TEVYTOWN LOSER LIST New: Irish Secondary School people