School refused to give Muslim students day off for Eid

A school in England has refused to give Muslim students the day off for the Eid, saying that the holiday should be marked on the 25th September, today, instead of yesterday

School refused to give Muslim students day off for Eid

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Outwood Academy at Acklam in Middlesborough UK has refused to let its Muslim pupils take Thursday Sept 24 off to celebrate Eid al-Adha, saying they should mark the religious holiday today instead.

The school sent a letter to parents stating that the  Muslim pupils will not be granted an authorised absence, but were permitted to take the day off when the school will be closed to all pupils as part of a professional development day for its teachers, the Teeside Gazette reports.

One outraged mother said she immediately contacted the school after receiving a letter explaining its stance on Monday, but said staff refused to change their minds.

The mother of the schoolgirl, who remained anonymous said to the newspaper: “Friday doesn’t mean anything. Eid is on Thursday.

“They normally have it off no problem – my son was given the day off by Linthorpe Primary.

“A lot of parents will be unhappy.”

Muslims mark the day through prayers, by exchanging gifts and enjoying a feast with family and friends. 

Last Mod: 25 Eylül 2015, 12:35
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