As national examinations are approaching, the society of Atheists in Kenya has written to Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha urging him to bar mandatory prayer days in schools.
According to the society, it has received numerous complaints from learners in Kenyan schools saying they were being forced to attend church services and the currently, prayer days.
In a statement by the society’s President Harrison Mumia, the sect said it was time to re-think the issue of mandatory prayer days and religious observance in schools as it has been the norm.
“Most Kenyans have gone through a public education system where organised, mandatory observance of religious practices was mandatory. This culture is still rampant. It is time to rethink the question of mandatory prayer and religious observance in our public schools,” read the statement in part.
The society emphasized that no student in Kenya should be coerced to engage in religious observations as it is a contravention of the law.
In his view, Mumia said that schools are meant for all children regardless of their religious beliefs be it Catholic or Atheist adding that it is the duty of churches and mosques to instill beliefs, not schools.