By Dr. Matthew Wilkinson
Dr. Matthew L N Wilkinson, Director of Curriculum for Cohesion, was one of the scholars and signatories on the working group convened by The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) to produce an information paper for schools and colleges over the observance of Ramadan during this summer’s exams. Ramadan falls within the examination season in 2016 and will do so for the next few years.
The information paper is aimed at giving school and college leaders information to initiate discussions with Muslim students and their families on how Muslim pupils can best balance their Islamic obligations and exam performance during Ramadan, following the flexible and humane principles of Islamic law. The paper has received widespread media coverage in Britain and in the Muslim-majority world and endorsed by leading Muslim community organisations, including the Muslim Council of Britain.
The ASCL paper can be found at: http://www.ascl.org.uk/news-and-views/news_news-detail.ascl-produces-paper-over-ramadan-and-exams.html