COMMENT by Frances Hudson
Exam season is finally over for the youths in Britain who have just completed their GCSE’s and many students have taken to twitter to complain about the overbearing and stress-inducing invigilators.
Exams are already hard enough. Do we really need to enforce the extra stress of distracting invigilators upon students trying their best to concentrate and focus?
The amount of pressure placed on students today is frankly shocking and that’s without the added worry of the harsh invigilators constantly peering over students’ shoulders, breathing heavily down their necks and then stomping off, up and down the rows of exam desks again and again.
Although invigilators do play an important part in preventing cheaters from copying other students and handing out extra stationery to those unfortunate enough to have an empty pen or an unsharpened pencil, doesn’t mean that they have to go about their job in the loudest, most disruptive way possible. Many invigilators also decide to try and be as scary as possible. Yet this is unnecessary and distracts students from what they are meant to do and makes them too afraid to ask questions that they need to ask. Perhaps a friendly smile and an investment in some quieter shoes from an invigilator wouldn’t go unappreciated from students?