Year 13 students are worried they might fail their history exam because they didn’t know what the word “trivial” meant.
The senior students have launched a petition asking for the essay to be marked based on students’ own definition of the “unfamiliar” word. It has so far received more than 1300 signatures.
Students sitting the NZQA Level 3 History causes and consequences paper on Wednesday were confronted with the word in a quote from Julius Caesar: “Events of importance are the result of trivial causes.”
Students were asked to analyse the extent to which they agreed or disagreed with Caesar, with reference to the causes and consequences of a historical event.
“You’re too ignorant to pass this exam” being a reasonable response perhaps?
Via Matthew in standingonheadland