His eyes welled up so I went in closer. 'I can't do this question, Miss' he said. 'Why not, Sonny?' I asked. I will say at this point he isn't really called Sonny, but I bet you'd guessed that. Anyway, back to the story.
'It's the name, Miss.' And with this he pointed to the question in question, one of the hypothetical kind that gives you a little scenario, in this case Jane and the energy output of her hairdryer.
'You will have to elucidate' I was going to say but it came out as an exasperated 'What?'
'Well, my dad had a friend called Jane who passed away a while ago. I can't look at that name now.'
'Ahh' I replied, and left him to his musings. We are not allowed to help students, but in any case I just wouldn't have known where to start with that one.
There is much debate over the exam system; linear versus modular for starters. Do we allow reader/scribes; should there be extraction groups for this, that and the other? But it is on days like today that the realisation dawns that there will always, always be something you haven't taken into consideration.