Schools advised against swimming lessons in Ramadan

Swimming lessons in some Staffordshire schools should stop during Ramadan to ensure Muslim pupils “do not swallow water”, a council has suggested: the Stoke-on-Trent Council, in an 11-page Ramadan guide prepared with input from the Muslim Council of Britain, said swimming was acceptable to Muslims but posed a high risk of swallowing water that may break a fast: the report also suggests re-scheduling sex education classes during the holy lunar month, as Muslim followers who have reached puberty are required to avoid sexual thoughts during this period.