Atheists have petitioned Magoha to prohibit mandatory prayer days in schools.
The Kenya Society of Atheists has written to Education CS Prof George Magoha, requesting that forced prayers in schools be prohibited.
According to the Society, it has received several complaints from students in Kenyan schools who have been forced to attend church services on Sundays.
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“Most Kenyans have gone through a public education system in which organized, mandatory religious practice was required.”
“This culture persists in many primary and secondary schools. It is past time to reconsider the issue of mandatory prayer and religious observance in our public school system,” the letter stated in part.
Furthermore, atheists contended that schools are for all children, regardless of religious beliefs. They claim the responsibility of churches and mosques, not schools, is to instil beliefs.
They also asked parents to weigh in on the matter because their children are the most affected.
“For students to make informed decisions, public education should provide them with critical reasoning and decision-making tools.” The goal of education is not to memorize facts and recite dogma, but to foster a sense of natural curiosity and a love of learning.
“Public schools must focus on presenting multiple unbiased points of view and allowing students to draw their own conclusions,” the letter stated.
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Prayer days are common in most schools, particularly when candidates are about to sit for national examinations.
On these days, the school administration invites parents and guardians to join students in prayer in order to ensure a smooth examination period.