Because ramadan is not only a stupid idea, it’s one of the most dangerous times of the year….
Teachers told to advise Muslim exam pupils not to fast during Ramadan if it is likely to affect their grades
- Guidance studies should be taken into account when considering festival
- Pupils told ‘Islam does not require them to put their futures in jeopardy’
- Pamphlet published by Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL)
- Devised with Islam scholars ahead of first Ramadan exam clash in 30 years
Teachers should tell children to stop fasting during Ramadan if they fear for their health, according to new advice.
The guidance also says pupils should take their studies into account when deciding how to observe the festival, as ‘Islam does not require them to put their futures in jeopardy’.
It suggests 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’.
The pamphlet is today published by Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), which represents more than 18,000 head teachers and college leaders.
It has been devised in consultation with Islamic scholars in preparation for this year’s GCSE and A-level exams, which will coincide with Ramadan for the first time in more than 30 years.
ASCL said the pamphlet, which is the first of its kind, was for ‘information’ purposes and should be used ‘with common sense’ as each school sees fit.
Anna Cole, ASCL parliamentary specialist, said: ‘This comes from a desire to support students.
‘Exams are so important for the rest of your future prospects.
‘Exams will decide whether or not you can go on to study further education or higher education, which institution, what jobs you can get, and are absolutely key for every young person’s future.
‘The scholars we spoke to were very clear that getting a good education was a duty for young Muslims.’