Zachary Mutwiri, the Director of Education in Kericho County has called off the suspension of 17 students of Kabianga High School who are Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church faithful.

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The students had been sent away for boycotting examinations on Saturday, a day they consider a Sabbath

This decision was reached after the Atheist Society in Kenya, headed by Harrison Mumia threatened to sue the Belgut-based school if they fail to terminate the suspension within a week.

The atheists' society sent a letter to the school through Principal Joash Oloo warning them of their actions.

"We are giving the school seven days to have the boys back to school or we seek legal redress on the matter,” reads the letter sent by Harrison Mumia, as seen by the Standard

On the other hand, the suspended students' lawyer Julius Mong'are Matonya also gave the school a seven-day timeline before the matter is headed to a court of law. 

He said that the school was undermining the freedom of worship of the minors.

"The constitutional 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," Mongare said.

According to the school principal, the students have a lot of free time on Sabbath, from 8 am to 6 pm and wondered why they skipped the exam which was done from 5 am to 7:30 am.

The students' lawyer, however, said that the SDA issue was undebatable since it has once been to a court of law under Civil Appeal No 172 of 2014.