The Plymouth Herald reports that students were among the many across the country who were dumbfounded by a strange question in their biology GCSE exam.
Twitter came alive as year 11 students mocked the paper, supplied by awarding body Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA), for what appeared to be a totally random question about Charles Darwin.
Expecting difficult questions on topics such as the menstrual cycles and photosynthesis, students were confronted by the question “Explain why Darwin is drawn as a monkey”.
The question about the famous biologist led to outrage among some students who felt it was unfair that they had not been asked about topics they have spent months revising.
One Plymouth student responded: “It’s nice to see AQA are ruining this years GCSEs and not just last years #AQABiology”
In other parts of the country students were equally stupefied at what appeared to be a history question in a biology exam.
One very popular tweet noted: “They didn’t put the menstrual cycle in #aqabiology because it made a cameo in the #aqafrench exam” before displaying a map of the village Le Tampon.
It is not the first time the AQA biology exam has drawn the ire of students. In 2016 students were left fuming over the GCSE biology exam that contained questions about drunk 15-year-olds.
This time around one Twitter user harked back to last year’s paper saying: “This years #aqa biology exam must’ve been written by the drunk teenagers from the 2016 biology exam #aqabiology”
What did your students think of the paper? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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