The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has worked with Islamic scholars, imams, chaplains and leaders to produce an information paper for schools and colleges over the observance of Ramadan during this summer’s exams.
Ramadan is the ninth month of Islam’s lunar calendar, a system which sees each month begin at the sighting of the new moon. It is the period when Muslims fast every day from sunrise to sunset, and is one of the five pillars - or duties - of Islam. The holy month is set to begin on or around 7 June, depending on the sighting of the new moon which, for the UK and many other countries, is confirmed from Saudi Arabia’s highest court, the Supreme Court.
The information paper is aimed at giving school and college leader’s information to initiate discussions with Muslim students and their families on how best they can balance their Islamic obligations and exam performance.
It does not recommend any particular interpretation of Islamic law or practice and is intended as a positive opportunity for engagement with students and families so that they can make decisions for themselves.
ASCL Parliamentary Specialist Anna Cole said:
“We are grateful for the help we have received from Islamic scholars, imams, chaplains and leaders in drawing together this information to help schools and colleges discuss these issues.
“Their guidance has provided an expert insight which schools and colleges can use to support students during Ramadan, particularly those taking important examinations this year. This positive partnership has enabled us to provide our members with information which is thorough, balanced and practical.
“We hope this information will provide a positive opportunity for schools and colleges to engage with and help Muslim students and families to make these important decisions for themselves.”
Find out more by visiting the ASCL website by clicking the link here.