Cape Town - Capetonians vented on social media after learning that a Western Cape school was giving Christian learners the day off for Ascension Day, but still required Muslim learners to write exams on Eid.
De Waveren Primary School in Ruyterwacht sent out a letter explaining that Muslim pupils would still be required to attend school to write an exam despite Eid taking place on the same day. The letter, which was posted to social media, reads:
"Due to the fact that the majority of the school's learners are of the Christian faith, we will be closed on the 30th of May for Ascension Day.
In the light of the above, we also respect the Muslim faith and understand that Eid is on the 5th of June. We suggest that the learners attend the exams at 09:00 and then leave to celebrate after completing the paper if it is at all possible."
Social media users quickly tore into the school for what they perceived as its intolerance.
"This is so divisive which fosters intolerance. The principal could of made special arrangements for Muslim learners, have the test a day before or reschedule it altogether. Must've factored Ramadaan and Eid when planning exam timetable," tweeted @collins_ms23.
@lorna_houston: "They say they respect its Eid so the learners can write and leave school - lol how is that respect. They can reschedule the test/exam.