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Catholic Church supports ban on school prayers

The Catholic Church has supported Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i’s ban on school prayer days in the third term.

Nyeri Archbishop Peter Kairu said schools do not need to hold such days and that God will answer individual prayers.

Speaking at Mathari in Nyeri at the burial of Fr David Mucheke, the archbishop said Kenyans must support Dr Matiang’i to end examination leakages.

“The love for money has ruined many people’s heads and that is why there has been resistance to measures to curb cheating. Those who are opposed to Dr Matiang’i must be benefiting financially,” he said.

INDIVIDUAL PRAYERS

Archbishop Kairu noted that students should be encouraged to have ordinary individual prayers to succeed in their examinations.

He said parents can also pray for their children while at home.

In May, the Education CS introduced a number of tough measures to curb examination cheating.

Dr Matiang’i banned non- academic activities during the third term, prayers involving outsiders and visiting days. Form Four and Standard Eight learners sit their final examinations from next month.