Call to weigh Ramadan exam impact

Hillingdon Times: Examiners may have to consider the impact of Ramadan on the performance of Muslim students. Examiners may have to consider the impact of Ramadan on the performance of Muslim students.

Teachers are calling for the summer GCSE and A-level exams timetable to take into account the impact of Ramadan on Muslim students.

Over the next few years, the holy month, which Muslims observe by fasting, will increasingly fall during the exams period, which could affect teenagers' results, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) heard.

Barry Lingard, told the union's annual conference in Manchester that ATL had been in discussions with the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) - which represents exam boards - and Muslim organisations - over the issue.

Proposing a resolution on the topic Mr Lingard, of the union's executive said it was "highly unlikely" that exam boards will change summer timetables.

But he added: "JCQ have said that they will work collaboratively on a timetable with Muslim groups to review whether a balance of morning and afternoon slots for large entry exams is more appropriate, or just morning slots."

It is thought that this could mean scheduling exams taken by large numbers of students - such as English and maths - in the morning only.

Abdul Choudhury, an ATL member from Tower Hamlets, London, said that Ramadan will have "quite an effect on a number of schools across our country" compared to the last time it fell during exams season, around 25 years ago.

"We have quite a significant number of Muslim students and I have no doubt whatsoever that standards will be affected by this," he said.

"We work so hard as teachers to try and get just that one mark, that two marks, and if kids are going into their exams - 16-year-olds, 18-year-olds, even university students - are going into exams without any water, and food, it will have an effect on their overall results."

Delegates passed the resolution, which called on the union to raise awareness of the potential impact of Ramadan on Muslim students' education.

JCQ director Michael Turner said: "We are consulting on the exams timetable for 2015 and we will be looking at the impact of Ramadan on that timetable."

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5:47pm Wed 16 Apr 14

varteg1 says...

Why should OUR teachers have to 'bend over backwards' to accommodate a section of the community that would absolutely refuse to do the same for them, or anyone else, not of their religious following?

We should be just as adamant as they are, and refuse to bend.
Why should OUR teachers have to 'bend over backwards' to accommodate a section of the community that would absolutely refuse to do the same for them, or anyone else, not of their religious following? We should be just as adamant as they are, and refuse to bend. varteg1
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8:20pm Wed 16 Apr 14

welshmen says...

So how have they managed over the last twenty five years or Have I missed some thing, before they come here too Colonise our Country they new the British school's curriculum.

SO it's Islam yet again letting us know "they are here", moaning for every thing they want and moaning at anything that they don't like, they know exactly what their doing, how to take our Country and make it an Islamic State, if we do nothing it will Happen and they know it, can't wait when the British National Party get into power one day and help them all leave this Democratic Country for an Islamic State where they can have everything they can't get here, what they wont get is free housing, free schooling, free NHS, pay them to go out of the Foreign Aid Budget....
So how have they managed over the last twenty five years or Have I missed some thing, before they come here too Colonise our Country they new the British school's curriculum. SO it's Islam yet again letting us know "they are here", moaning for every thing they want and moaning at anything that they don't like, they know exactly what their doing, how to take our Country and make it an Islamic State, if we do nothing it will Happen and they know it, can't wait when the British National Party get into power one day and help them all leave this Democratic Country for an Islamic State where they can have everything they can't get here, what they wont get is free housing, free schooling, free NHS, pay them to go out of the Foreign Aid Budget.... welshmen
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