Parents and children worry about exams during fasting days

 24 May 2017 - 8:53

Parents and children worry about exams during fasting days

By Amna Pervaiz Rao | The Peninsula 

Not only schools will remain open this Ramadan but many private schools are also going to have final-term exams in the Holy month of fasting that is causing nervousness among children, parents and teachers.

Ramadan is likely start on Saturday and the final-term examinations will begin in first week of June as well. Children have to put extra efforts during the summer season to cope up with rules and regulations associated with Ramadan. 

A student of ninth grade from British School in Doha told The Peninsula: “I have been fasting since three years now but as per our annual schedule, final-term exams are going to be held during the Holy month of Ramadan. We have to put extra effort during the revisions of our syllabus.”

“The timings have been rescheduled for Ramadan and our school will be from 8:30am till 12:30pm while we will have a half-hour break from 11am till 11:30am,” he added.

Meanwhile, a number of anxious parents have urged upon the Ministry through social media to hold examinations before the fasting month. They are requesting the Ministry to schedule the examinations from 8am instead of 10am.

Recently The Peninsula asked about any changes in private schools timing during the holy month of Ramadan from Hamad Al Ghali, Director of Private Schools Licensing, at the Ministry of Education he said:

“Private schools in Qatar teach some different 23 curriculums, and accordingly each school has different school days, and its own school hours therefore we cannot ask them to reduce or increase their timing.”

“Private schools are not obligated with the timing circular issued by the Ministry of Education for government schools. Schools are free to adjust their timing in the way they prefer and does not affect their annual teaching and learning plans,” he had added. 

Expressing concerns, a number of parents stressed that it was not appropriate to hold examinations during Ramadan. A mother said: “Change in the timings of schools does not make any major difference as we pray late night and this disturbs our time management habits and we cannot give proper time to our kids during the holy month of Ramadan. As we were aware of the schedule due to the annual plan of school, we started preparing them from the first and second term.” 

Ramadan falls at the end of May and will last for one month. Additionally it will clash with GCSE and A-Level exams.  “Last year during the holy month of Ramadan, we had two exams consecutively just with a gap of three hours between. These exams were held during summer vacations as schools were off during Ramadan last year,” said Numrah Malik, a student of A-Level. 

“This year we have to manage preparing exams while fasting. We have four exams back to back then just a ten-day gap and again four exams. The students which have biology have to give three extra papers which will be more challenging,” she added.