1) It is not permissible to have a non-Believer (non-Muslim) as a head of any even so called Muslim/Islaamic Institute. This is manifest and requires no elaborate proofs.
2) This is a completely un-Islaamic erroneous baseless practices. In fact this comes under the Hadith "Whosoever imitates (the religious) practice of a nation is (classified) as one of them This is not a Muslim practice. This will lead to further sin and darkness. Does this mean for every so called important Kafirs death the Muslim students will have to become silent. This must be stopped immediately.
3) As Muslims the greatest personality for us is Hadhrat Muhammad (S.A.W). Followed by Ambiyaa (A.S.) (Prophets), then Khulafa Rasheedeen. We do not celebrate any of the above birthdays or sing 'happy birthday' on their birthdays. Sahabah (R.A.) did no do so, 124,00 of them. Shariat is complete and nowhere we have been commanded to do so. Such practices must be terminated.
Most Muslim Schools are not Islaamic in nature.They should change their names by removing the word 'Muslim' or 'Islaam'.?Currently most of these schools do not represent Islaam. The whole concept needs urgent reviewing.
May Allaah grant true guidance to all.