April 5th, 2013
10:12 AM ET
Justin Bieber fans Stateside might be thinking of relocating to Norway right about now.
As CNN's Erin Burnett reports, "even though the exams count toward a significant part of the student's final grade, the schools figured most of the kids would just skip them and go ahead and fail because they wanted to see Justin."
Rather than risk the potential mass flunking, five schools moved the exams up a week. It might seem extreme to schedule schoolwork around a pop star's appearances, but Norway is also the same place where Bieber fever nearly caused a state of emergency in May 2012.
“We've all been fourteen years [old] and know that interests can be intense," Norway's Minister of Education and Research, Mrs. Kristin Halvorsen, told CNN in a statement.
"As the Minister of Education, I am concerned that students should be concentrating when they take tests and midterms," she continued. "The local schools have the responsibility to schedule the local midterms, and if they think there is any reason to change the dates, they have authority to do so."
She adds that the ministry hasn't intervened in the school's scheduling in the past, and won't in this case, either. "I assume that the decision by the schools was taken after consultation between both principals and teachers," Halvorsen concluded.
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