Saudi students breathe sigh of relief as exams are rescheduled before Ramadan

Ismaeel Naar

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Students in Saudi Arabia have welcomed news that their exams are set to be held before Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, which is set to be the hottest in years.

A royal decree was issued on Saturday evening by Saudi King Salman to reschedule exams at all levels prior to Ramadan, which is set to start at the end of May.

The decree was welcomed by teachers, students and parents as many were concerned about fasting during the day.

“This royal decree regarding the rescheduling exams before Ramadan was a big consideration and kind from King Salman and it will definitely help students to study for their exams,” Erfan Matcharan, head of registration at University of Business & Technology in Jeddah, told Al Arabiya English.

“Many students have difficulties studying during Ramadan while fasting. But I think I have extra work now to reschedule the final exam,” Matcharan said.

Some students, especially those studying medicine, did contend that rescheduling the exams before Ramadan poses serious time-management issues given that mid-term exams just recently concluded.

“For me as a medical student, it's a bad news because now I should dabble my studies to reach out what I should take in Ramadan, so It's going to be hard times for me and all medical students,” said Abdulbari al-Sulami, a medical student at the University of Jeddah.

Long holidays for students, educators

As per the royal decree, the summer vacation is expected to be about three months and 20 days this year given that exams would conclude before Ramadan and students returning to school after the Hajj pilgrimage season ends, making it the longest vacation for teachers and students in recent years.

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Education Dr. Ahmed Al-Issa, announced through his official account on Twitter, that as per the royal decree, his ministry will announce on Sunday the new arrangements for the rescheduling of the exams.