Exam talks over Ramadan clash fears | FE Week

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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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15 COMMENTS

  1. All this bending over backward to accommodate Muslims who in most cases will not move an inch to accommodate other worldviews…The Hindus where I live will and do write exams on religious holidays.And they don’t kick up an almighty fuss over it.

  2. I know some Muslims who eat and drink normally on days when Ramadan clashes with other events such as going on holiday and make up the time later on. Sounds like a good solution for exams to me.

  3. and it changes every year depending on the position of the moon………

    That’s why its a form of lunacy.

    I suspect few muslims are strict devotees of their religion’s demands. I had muslim students often turn up to classes late. When I challenged them they said they didn’t get up in time. When I countered that their religion required them to arise at day break to make certain propitiations and that day break in the UK summer was around 5 a.m. Their reply was – We only do that in Pakistan!

    Clearly geophysical locations are not a consideration and Allah the merciful won’t be too nasty if they have follow the rules here.

    • In reply to #7 by Alan4discussion:

      Re-sit exams are provided for those who miss the originals for whatever reason. (Illness, failure etc.)

      Speaking as a faculty member, it can be a pain in the ass to prepare, administer and grade the re-sit, however.

      Steve

      • In reply to #9 by Agrajag:

        In reply to #7 by Alan4discussion:

        Re-sit exams are provided for those who miss the originals for whatever reason. (Illness, failure etc.)

        Speaking as a faculty member, it can be a pain in the ass to prepare, administer and grade the re-sit, however.

        Yep! – Especially where the students cry off, or fail to turn up at the last minute!

  4. Religious people are always looking for ways to sneakily impose their superstitions on others. Keep in mind, these superstitions are optional. They are merely customary. People choose to honour them. They are no more mandatory than any other superstition.

    In western society we usually give precedence to such superstitions over practical reasons.

    The whole point of Ramadan is to be a sacrifice. Doing exams during Ramadan just makes it a slightly bigger sacrifice.

  5. What do Muslims do in Scandinavian countries if Ramadan falls in June?
    I worked in Espoo, Finland for a while. It’s in the south, but there’s not a whole lot of time if any between sun down and sun up.

    • In reply to #13 by Rosbif:

      What do Muslims do in Scandinavian countries if Ramadan falls in June?
      I worked in Espoo, Finland for a while. It’s in the south, but there’s not a whole lot of time if any between sun down and sun up.

      Arctic Muslims risk health during Ramadan

      …In attendance for the day when Ramadan would run smack bang into the near three-month stretch of never-ending sun, Shia Muslim Melhem has not remained idle in doing his research.

      “My wife and I couldn’t make that choice, so we’ve consulted mullahs from Iraq to Iran. They say we can wait to fast until the autumn,” he said, adding that some Sunni Muslims in Kiruna have chosen to break their fast when the sun sets over Mecca as a solution to their dilemma. Ramadan this years started on July 9th and should last until August 7th.

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