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SDA students suspended for refusing to sit exams on a Saturday

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Five students from AIC Chebisaas Boys High School in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County moved to court on Wednesday after they were suspended for allegedly refusing to sit for exams on a Saturday.

According to the students who belong to the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) faith, Saturday is their professed Sabbath Day and they should observe it by going to Church.

The school management allegedly suspended them on July 6, 2019 for failing to do the allocated exams their Sabbath Day.

They accused the school of infringing on their religious rights.

Eldoret High Court Judge Stephen Githinji on Wednesday directed that the suspended students be allowed back to school for Third Term in September pending hearing and determination of the case.

Article 32(2) of the Constitution stipulates that: “Every person has the right, either individually or in community with others, in public or in private, to manifest any religion or belief through worship, practice, teaching or observance, including observance of a day of worship.”

Part 4 of them article further notes that “A person shall not be compelled to act or engage in any act, that is contrary to the person’s belief or religion.”

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