Norway schools reschedule exams to accommodate Justin Bieber concert

However, school administrators insist that they are not setting “a precedent” for other concerts

Published April 2, 2013 8:52PM (EDT)

Teachers in Norway, the same country that nearly declared a state of emergency due to a Justin Bieber concert, have learned their lesson well; for Bieber's next concert in Oslo, five schools have rescheduled exams to accommodate the Bieber-crazed student body.

According to the AFP:

“We find it regrettable, but we preferred to move forward the Norwegian exams to avoid problems,” Roar Aasen, the headmaster of an upper secondary school in Aalesund on Norway’s west coast, told AFP.

In total, five schools in the town — more than a seven hours’ drive from Oslo — decided not to hold exams on April 16 and 17 since they coincided with two of Bieber’s three gigs in the Norwegian capital.

The tests, which would have been taken by around 500 pupils, will now be held on April 10 and 11.

After all, why would you take a test when you could join a stampede?

By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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