Student makes freedom of information request to see exam papers

A student has made a last ditch attempt to pass his exams - by putting in a Freedom of Information Request to see the exam paper ahead of time.

Simon Schräder has made one last desperate effort to pass his exams, putting in a legal request to see "the tasks of centrally-made examinations in the senior classes of high school in the current school year,” before he has to take his exams on the 16th of April.

The 17 year old, from Germany, put in the request to the Ministry of Education, despite realising the odds were slim that they'd reveal the papers to him he was clearly desperate enough to think it was worth a go.

“If they answer in time it might fit for one exam. I thought it was worth a try." He told The Guardian.


"Worth a go." Simon has already been offered a job, after website Correctiv saw his ingenious request.


Too late

A spokeswoman from the ministry acknowledged that the request had been made, and confirmed that the deadline would be kept.

Unfortunately for Simon, the state legally has until the 20th of April to respond to his request, four days after his exam.

At that point, they'll probably happy reveal to him the exam paper he has already taken.

“I did think beforehand that they probably wouldn’t send me the exams,” he said, probably with a desperate look in his eyes.

“I’m already revising, and I’m not relying on them to get back to me."


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