Kenya: atheists call for ban on school prayer days

Kenya: atheists call for ban on school prayer days

Atheists Association in Kenya has written to the country’s education ministry calling for a ban on prayer days in public schools ahead of national examinations.

It comes after schools this week called on parents to join in the tradition of praying for a smooth exam period.

According to the association, prayer days are in contravention to students’ rights.

“Most Kenyans have gone through a public education system where organized and compulsory observance of religious practice was a must,” the association wrote.

Public schools have a tradition of holding days of prayer before students take national exams.

But the group said it was time to let students choose their own ways.

“Children should be left to make their own unbiased decisions about religion,” it added.

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