20 pupils sent home for praying in Kenya
Twenty pupils of Nyasanda Primary School in Ugunja have been suspended for conducting prayers in the school. The standard 8 pupils were sent home for two weeks on claims that they organised KCPE prayers last Friday. A parent said the headteacher, Nelly Owino, accused the pupils of engaging in witchcraft. The parent expressed fear that the two week suspension will have a negative impact on their performance.
When contacted, Owino denied the allegations saying; “they were concocted by a section of parents out to tarnish her name.” Ugunja District Education Board chairman Kipkech Lotiatia confirmed having received the complaints from parents. “I have since directed the DEO to ensure that the candidates are recalled to school,” said the DC. He regretted the suspension and said the pupils will return to school as soon as possible to continue with their studies.