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Lamu residents want school holiday extended for Eid celebrations

[Lamu woman activist Raya Famau. Photo/courtesy/Save Lamu].

Lamu residents have appealed to the Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha to extend by at least two weeks the school holiday to enable Muslims to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitri.

The Government announced Monday, May, 10 as the official beginning of the third term that will run for at least 10 weeks before schools close for a week and reopen for another year.

However, Lamu residents say that the government announcement will largely interfere with the Eid-ul-Fitri celebrations to be marked on Thursday May, 13 or Friday May, 14 depending with sighting of the moon.

Led by Lamu based Woman activist Raya Famau, the residents said parents have been in very tough encounters economically and apart from the Eid-ul-Fitri prayers, they also need more time to enable them take their children back to school.

“We have to get school fees and as well shop for our children, but parents are at the moment going through very tough economic times, ” She said.

Ms Famau said by halting the school reopening parents will be able to conduct Eid-ul-Fitri prayers and at the same time plan for their children’s education.

Muslims across the country are expected to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan on Thursday or Friday this week depending on the sighting of the moon.

The government has announced Friday, May, 14 2021 as public holiday to enable Muslims countrywide mark Eid-ul-Fitri prayers.

However, The Government said reopening of schools will not be halted and will proceed as planned.

In his recent address to the nation, President Uhuru Kenyatta said third term was scheduled for May 10, and will not be changed.

The president urged all stakeholders in the education sector to ensure they enhance the fight against Covid-19 even as learning continue.

He said the progress in the battle against Covid-19 spread will highly depend on how Kenyans will behave and act towards protecting themselves against the deadly virus.