Officials from the Malawi National Examination Board (Maneb) say candidates will sit for the MSCE examination on Monday as per time table, a designated Eid Mubarak holiday.
Maneb spokesperson Simeon Maganga was reacting to concerns from some sections of the Muslim community who said Maneb should have shifted the Monday Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations in view of the holiday. Maganga said it was not possible to plan for the holiday because it is unpredictable holiday and time table was prepared at a time the EidUl Fitr holiday was not known..
“The holiday is based on the sighting of the moon therefore it is hard to know when exactly the moon could be sighted,” said Maganga.
The moon was sighted on Saturday in Saudi Arabia thereby making Sunday the day of celebrations to mark the end of 40 day fasting called Ramadhan and is usually characterised by feasting as animals except pigs are slaughtered for merry making. The MSCE candidates on Friday finished all practical papers and on Monday will get into real examination papers.
Muslims have also cried foul that women are forced to remove the hijab when officials from National Registration Bureau are taking pictures for the national identity cards.
However, Norman Fulatira, spokesperson for the bureau says the Muslim women are told to show their faces for photograph purposes.
Recently, the Muslims said it was unnreligious for Road Traffic officials and Immigration officials to force the women remove the hijab when taking pictures for driving licences and passports but the government said it was acting within the laws of Malawi.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :