17 students from Kabianga High School have been suspended after failing to sit for an exam on Saturday.
The school principal Dr. Joash Oloo said the students boycotted the test and instead went to worship at a Seventh Day Adventist students (SDA) church.
“We instructed them to sit for their exam between 5.30am and 7.30am on Sabbath day which had not really breached their doctrine or teachings,” he said.
The principal said that he had written to the parents explaining to them why they decided to suspend the students.
Parents of the suspended were expected to accompany the students back to school on Monday but none of them did.
However, the parents through their lawyer Julius Mongare have threatened to move to court if the school does not cancel the suspension within seven days.
Citing Civil Appeal No 172 of 2014, the lawyer further argued that there have similar cases involving SDA students but they were settled.
In 2017, the court of appeal ruled that forcing students, who observe their Sabbath on Saturday, to attend classes was an infringement on their right to worship.