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GCSEs and A-levels 'scheduled to take account of Ramadan'

Garry Thu 17 Apr 2014 13:21

The umbrella body for exam boards confirms it is considering scheduling next year's exams to take account of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, with tests taking place in the morning to benefit fasting pupils.

Exam chiefs are considering scheduling GCSEs and A-levels to accommodate the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, it was announced today.

The Joint Council for Qualifications, which represents exam boards, said it could run large-entry tests in the morning to prevent Muslim pupils being forced to take them when they are hungry.

It is believed that the move will affect subjects such as English and maths in 2015 which traditionally cater for the largest number of pupils.

The move comes as members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers called on examiners to take account of the impact of Ramadan when Muslims are supposed to fast during daylight hours.

It is feared that it will be harder for pupils to concentrate and “perform at their very best” because the holy month begins in mid-June next year when GCSEs and A-levels are often scheduled.

Abdul Choudhury, an ATL member from Tower Hamlets, London, said that it was the first time in 25 years that Ramadan will take place during exam season, adding that it would have “quite an effect on a number of schools across our country”.

Read more... (Daily Telegraph - 16 April)