Thousands of German students demand retake of English listening test because ‘mumbly’ speech by Prince Harry was ‘impossible to understand’
Students in Germany launched petition in protest at an English test with speech by Prince Harry that neither they nor native-speaking teachers could understand
Students were apparently distraught as they could not understand the speech
Prince Harry left tens of thousands of German schoolchildren distraught as they could not understand a single word of his speech in their final school exam.
Students in the Western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia had to listen to a speech by Prince Harry as part of their final exams in English to finish their secondary school education.
Yet local media reported that tens of thousands of pupils could not understand a single word of Prince Harry as he ‘muttered’ a lot in his speech.
Teachers also complained that Prince Harry was mumbling too much.
The German Educator’s organisation ‘Teachers North Rhine-Westphalia’ gave the entire central examination the verdict of ‘inadequate’.
Spokesman Jochen Smets said: ‘Even the bright students have failed in the exercises.’
Chairwoman Brigitte Balbach of the teacher’s collective even went a step further and said that even teachers who have English as their mother tongue would have had problems understanding it.
Dario Schramm, 16, from the town of Bergisch Gladbach was one of the many students who complained about Prince Harry’s speech.
He launched a petition calling for a new exam to be taken and has already garnered more than 40,000 supporters within a few days.
Mr Schramm said: ‘One of four key aspects of the exam was the listening test. For this, we listened to two podcasts, including a speech by Prince Harry. Both podcasts were very difficult to understand, there were very loud background noises.’
Bernd Hinke, head of the of the Anne-Frank school in Dusseldorf, witnessed the desperation of the students up close.
He said: ‘The students were beside themselves, there were tears and great disappointment.’
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