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Matiang’i under fire for ‘banning’ prayers for KCSE, KCPE candidates

Education secretary Fred Matiang’i has come under fire for banning prayer days for candidates sitting national examinations from being held in the third term.

Dr Matiang’i said the prayers are used as avenues for exchanging materials which later aid cheating in the KCPE and KCSE exams.

“There will be no prayer sessions for candidates as has been the case in previous years when parents and outsiders visited schools during the third term,” said Dr Matiang’i.

“Activities such as annual general meetings will be conducted in the first and second terms of the schools calendar year. Prize giving, thanksgiving and prayer days for candidates will be done in the second term,” he said.

He said the aim is to end unnecessary contacts between candidates and outsiders during the exam period.

However, any prayer arrangements involving school chaplains and teachers will not be affected.

Matiang’i’ decision has, however, not gone down well with some Kenyans, majority who got the impression that he had banned praying for candidates altogether.

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Others felt that the decision was half-baked.

The CS, however, later clarified, but a little too late.