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Seventeen Form Four students have found themselves in the cross-hairs of Kabianga High School administration after the Seventh Day Adventist adherents refused to sit for their examination on Sabbath.

The 17 learners have since been suspended with the school principal Dr Joash Oloo, in a letter addressed to parents, citing the students were kicked out of school for “ failing to write an assessment test offered on schedule.”

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However the learners in a rejoinder through their lawyer Julius Matonya gave the school’s administration a seven-day ultimatum to unconditionally backtrack on the decision.

“The constitution allows freedom of worship. Even the Education Act recognises the fact that each and every student must be allowed a day for worship and it must be respected,” said Matonya in a report published on Standard.

But Oloo is troubled by the parents’ decision saying he expected the guardians to accompany their sons back to school.

“We notified the parents through SMS. In a situation where we are neither suspending nor expelling a student, we expect the parent to come over to the school so that we can engage,” he said.

But Matonya argued the issue of seventh-day Adventist students was a matter which has been settled in a number of cases in the past culminating in the Civil Appeal No 172 of 2014.

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