Warning To School heads: No Religious discrimination in Kenyan Schools.

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Warning To School heads: No Religious discrimination in Kenyan Schools.

 

Warning To School heads: No Religious discrimination in Kenyan Schools.

 

The Kenyan Ministry of Education (MOE) has the provision of quality education to all children as one of its main objectives. However it has been observed with a lot of concern that some unscrupulous school managers are shamelessly denying some students admission opportunities based on their religion. In deed some students too have been expelled from their schools using religion as a factor. This is unfortunately, rolling back the gains that the government through the Ministry of Education has achieved of 100 percent enrollment at primary level and 100 percent transition to Secondary school. Needless to point out the huge amounts of resources that the government has allocated towards this end!

 

Warning To School heads: No Religious discrimination in Kenyan Schools.

This religious violations is said to take the form of forcing students to take Islamic Religious Education(IRE), Christian Religious Education (CRE), Hindu Religious Education(HRE) Subjects, Hindering students from observing religious rites while at school, Failure to allocate worship spaces and also by forcing students to take part in religious rites and events that are contrary to their beliefs.

 

The violation of religious rights is against various national legislation, regional and international conventions. In particular, the Constitution of Kenya 2010, acknowledges that Kenyans belong to diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds and the Constitution elaborately expounds on the need to respect these diversities. In particular, Chapter 4 on Bill of Rights bestows rights and fundamental freedoms that include:

 

The right to freedom of conscience, religion, belief and opinion (Article32(1)
ii. The right to manifest his/her beliefs through worship, practice, teaching and observance (Article 32(2)
iii. No one may be denied access to any institution, employment, facility or enjoyment of any right because of one’s religion or belief (Article32(3)
One cannot be compelled to act or engage in an act that is contrary to his/her religion (Article32 (4)
Further, the Basic Education Act 2013 protects the rights of children to access education. Section 4 on the Guiding Principles in provision of education provide among others;

 

a)The right of every child to free and compulsory basic education
b) Protection of every child against discrimination with in or by an education department or education institution on any ground whatsoever.
The violation of religious rights in schools has negative effects on maintenance of peace and tranquility and some student send up dropping out altogether.
The Ministry of Education ( MOE) is committed to ensuring the religious rights of learners are protected and will not allow school administrators, Boards of Management, Sponsor any other stakeholder to violate their rights.

Warning To School heads: No Religious discrimination in Kenyan Schools.

 

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