School exam timetables should avoid clashes with Ramadan, teachers say

By Rebecca Ratcliffe

Exam chiefs should review the GCSE and A-level timetables to avoid clashes with Ramadan that could jeopardise Muslim students’ grades, teachers have warned.

Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, is marked by Muslims across the world with fasting from sunrise to sunset. From 2014, the 30-day period will fall progressively more in exam season, leaving students to sit tests when they have not eaten or drunk for up to nine hours.

Teachers fear that as coursework has become less important under education reforms, students’ grades become more dependent upon their exam performance – that may mean that Muslim students’ grades will suffer. [Read more...]

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