Kenya High Court Rules That SDA Students To Be Allowed To Go Church On Saturdays

This case has been a serious one looking at the fourth commandment where the Bible says : In Exodus 20:8

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

Most seventh day Adventists students have been struggling with this issues for a long time even some getting expelled for missing Saturday classes by choosing to go to church.

Its a sigh of relief  for students as High Court Judge Isaac Lenaola directed all public secondary schools in the country to allow SDA faithful students to skip classes from Friday evening through Saturday in fulfillment of  the obligation to their faith.

This will come as a sigh of relief for many SDA faithful students who had to choose between their faith and Saturday tuition.

The order was made after the Seventh Day Adventist Church (East Africa) Limited filed a petition seeking a relaxation of the rules for SDA student worship while a case between them and Ministry of Education progresses in court.

The Church approached the Ministry last year to resolve the matter but the Government failed to act on the complaints, according to the Church.

The Government promised to issue a circular to all the principals of public schools asking them to respect the right to freedom of religion but it was never done.

The court issued interim orders restraining principals, administrators and Board of Governors of all public schools from preventing SDA students from worshipping during the hours between sunset on Friday and sunset on Saturday pending the hearing and determination of the petition.

“All principals, administrators and BoGs of all public high schools be and are hereby restrained from in any manner whatsoever, preventing or impeding SDA students attending the schools in question from conducting worship during the hours between sunset on Friday and sunset on Saturday,” said the judge.

(Courtesy of The Standard)

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