Schools are being urged to move revision classes and consider rescheduling sports days to accommodate the needs of Muslim pupils fasting for Ramadan, MailOnline can reveal.
A new report also suggests that schools should also ‘show sensitivity’ when organising graduation celebrations and change PE lesson plans to make sure that activities are ‘less strenuous’.
Ramadan falls at the end of May this year and will last for approximately one month meaning it will clash with GCSE and A Level exams across the country.
During the period Muslims who have reached ‘maturity’ are required to go without food or drink – including water – during sunlight hours.
It means that thousands of pupils could face sitting exams with empty stomachs in warm exam rooms at the height of summer when Britain gets an average of 16 hours of daylight.
The pamphlet has been published by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), which represents more than 18,000 head teachers and college leaders.
It recommends teenagers should not stay up late praying during this summer’s exam period because ‘extra devotions in Ramadan are voluntary’ and performing well at school is ‘obligatory’. [1164 comments]
[TOP RATED COMMENT 10788 votes] So the UK are bowing down to other religions…. In doing so losing its own culture… Makes sense all the kids who have been studying their whole epidemic careers put on hold because a minority have to fast to stay pure to Islam…… Joke
[2ND 8598] They are not forced to do anything, they give up food and drink in daylight hours voluntarily, its their choice
[3RD 8114] This is England isn’t it time to put a stop, to all this nonsense.
[4TH 7975] No No not right if they want to live in our country abide by our rules
[5TH 6599] When Ramadan falls is not our problem. The UK is a Christian country.
[6TH 6219] If these parents place their religion over their children’s immediate wellbeing and future prospects then they need to have a wobble of their heads.
[7TH 5297] If they need special allowances for revision and exams they’re going to be no use to a future employer. Time to show them the door. [Daily Mail] Read more