Israeli Education Ministry Rejects High School Students’ Appeal to Reschedule National Biology Test Over Justin Bieber Concert
The Israeli Education Ministry has declined to comply with the demand of “very angry” high school students to reschedule a matriculation exam slated for the day after a highly anticipated concert by international pop star Justin Bieber in Tel Aviv, The Washington Post reported on Monday.
According to the report, based on an Israel Army Radio broadcast, the ministry said students would have enough time to “recuperate” from the May 2017 concert before taking their state-wide biology test the following afternoon, leaving Israeli “Beliebers” feeling a “high degree of anguish.”
The ministry’s response came after students took to social media to demand that the exam be moved to another date, to avoid being faced with the choice of either staying up late to study for it or seeing their idol in a live performance.
On Sunday, Israel’s National Student and Youth Council said it had received numerous messages asking it to intervene. “This is one of the weirdest requests we have received, what do you think?” the group quipped on its Facebook page.
Some 500 commenters responded to the post, the report said, imploring educators to reschedule the exam.
“With due respect to biology, Justin Bieber does not come to Israel every year. This exam will prevent many high school kids from going to his performance,” one student wrote.
Another student pointed out that the concert is “not an opportunity that will repeat itself; maybe it is even the chance of a lifetime. We have to try and delay.”
“Too right. This is a one-time performance and for some people it’s very important to them. I see why those who are majoring in biology have to make the choice of giving up on the show,” another student posted. “The school board really needs to try help move it. This really sucks and I, as a biology student, really don’t know what to do.”
Canadian superstar Justin Bieber — best known for his hit songs “Baby” and “What do you mean?”– is set to perform at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on Wednesday, May 3, as part of his international Purpose tour to promote his latest album. Bieber first performed in Israel in 2011.