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Exams to clash with Ramadan

26 April 2016

Ramadan starts on 6 June this year, bang smack at the begining of ICAEW and ACCA exams.

The ACCA summer sittings run over the week beginning 6-10 June, right at the start of the Islamic holy month.

The ICAEW professional exams also begin on the 6 June and run over three days.

The government-funded Equality Challenge Unit, which advises higher education, supports a change in exam timetables at universities. The website says: “Institutions should be prepared to consider significant adjustments to their exam schedules and think creatively about assessment methods in order to eliminate disadvantage to particular groups.”

It also acknowledges that for many institutions altering dates of major exam periods may not be a proportionate response, especially as there are lots of other exam dates available. Both the ACCA and ICAEW offer three other sittings a year of the exams affected.

One university, however, indicated that it would allow Muslim students to submit ‘extenuating circumstances’ if they felt fasting had affected their performance.

The problem won’t be going away either as Ramadan will coincide with the main exam period until 2018.

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