p Parents expressing exasperation at some of the questions their kids are facing in exams are accidentally enabling cheating, with the Department for Education now actively scouting social networks to ask parents to stop giving away hints as to the content of test papers.

This particular problem concerns the Sats papers being taken by primary children in England, and quotes the case of dad Matt Thrower who tweeted his frustration at some of the odd and seemingly irrelevant questions his child faced in a test.

Matt then received a message from the DfE asking him to take the tweet down lest it give other parents a clue they could pass on to their children, what with the exams taking place at different times in different schools.

Matt said he would, by the way, but added that he would only do so "...once you remove such absurd and pointless questions from your tests."

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