Exam season is a stressful period for everyone, but it just so happens that this year it falls on the Muslim festival, Ramadan.
Muslim students will be asked to fast from dawn to dusk – which could affect their performance. And Andrew Harland of the Exam Officers Association has warned that school, college and university examinations will be clashing with Ramadan for the next four years.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and falls at a different time on the Gregorian calendar every year. The festival is held worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief.
The clash has already been opposed by many unions. A plan has already been made by the Association of School and College Leaders to meet with Muslim representatives to issue guidance to schools and universities.
At the Association of Teachers and Lecturers’ annual conference, it was called on the union’s executive to point out the “significant disadvantage” the clash with Ramadan would have on Muslim pupils.
Students at Leeds Beckett University who are celebrating the festival have been given mitigation to help them stay motivated through the exam period while celebrating with their families.
Hanaa Husain, a student at Leeds Beckett University, said: ”We’re not able to have that much energy as other people who have got water and food.” She also added to advise other students undertaking the festival: ”Take it easy and don’t do too much revision at once.”
By Holly Green