Exam talks over Ramadan clash fears | FE Week
Qualifications bodies have been in talks with Muslim groups over concerns the summer exams season could be affected by Ramadan.
The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) is among those working to “reduce as far as possible the impact” of the month-long religious period, which is expected to fall in the key
academic months of June and July in three years’ time.
We will be working closely with Muslim groups on the setting of future timetables to reduce as far as possible the impact on those observing Ramadan
It could affect the exams season right up to 2023 prompting concerns — shared by the Muslim British Council (MCB) — about learners getting up before dawn to eat so they can observe daytime fasting.
There are fears that interrupted sleep could affect grades.
A spokesperson for the JCQ, which is responsible for timetabling A-level and GCSE exams, said: “We have met with Muslim groups to discuss the changing dates of Ramadan and how, over the coming years, it will increasingly clash with examinations.
“We will be working closely with Muslim groups on the setting of future timetables to reduce as far as possible the impact on those observing Ramadan.
“There are limitations on how flexible the timetables can be but, for example, we will review whether a balance of morning and afternoon slots or just morning slots are preferable for large entry subjects.”
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and it changes every year depending on the position of the moon.
Written By: Eleanor Radford
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