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UK: Muslims tua kee?

In Uncategorized on 08/01/2016 at 5:21 am

UK is modifying its exams season because Ramadan is falling within the traditional British exams season.

“How can you start changing the rules for everybody, just for those particular pupils who are Muslims, which are a minority.”

BBC Online reports newspaper coverage

Another story that captures the interest of the papers involves school exams this summer being scheduled to take account of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The Daily Mail says hundreds of thousands of teenagers will have to take key exams earlier than usual to help pupils fasting for Ramadan.

The paper notes that the holy month moves backwards through the calendar by about 11 days a year – meaning similar measures are likely to be in place for at least five years.

The Times reports: “The holy month will fall within the exam season, meaning that thousands of Muslim pupils would sit crucial tests without eating or drinking during daylight hours.

“It is thought to be the first time that exam chiefs have taken religious considerations into account.

“Ramadan last fully coincided with the exam season in 1984, when the Muslim population in Britain was far smaller. There was a slight overlap last year but no concessions were made.”

The Telegraph says tests could be taken earlier in the day, when Muslim students are least hungry, or even before the start of the traditional exam season, to lessen the effects.

As the Guardian explains: “Ramadan – when the Qur’an was said to be revealed to the prophet Muhammad – is commemorated by Muslims with fasting during the hours of daylight.

“Head teachers fear that Muslim pupils could suffer as a result during the stress of sitting exams.”

Although generally welcomed, the announcement has not gone down well with everyone.

Colin Hart, of the charity The Christian Institute, tells the Telegraph: “What about students who have medical conditions?

“How can you start changing the rules for everybody, just for those particular pupils who are Muslims, which are a minority.”

 

  1. The Exam Board has already confirm that this is not the case.

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