Kenya Churches Call For Compulsory Religious Exams

Two major church bodies in Kenya ant religious education to made compulsory in the nation’s schools and students compelled to take examinations on what they learn about religion. The National Council of Churches of Kenya and the kenya Episcopal Conference said the education system and curriculum needed to be reviewed to include national values and discipline in students while they are young. The NCCK said, “The solution to the challenges we have experienced in our educational institutions is in a restoration of a wholesome education and the development of a national value system.” The Catholic Church also added in its belief student unrest in schools is a result of a lack of religious influence and value formation. These church bodies want the teaching of Christian religion in all schools and the hiring of chaplains to ensure teachers are getting the right morals across.

The church bodies were uncertain on bringing back the good old days when students could be subjected to corporal punishment which had been abolished by Parliament in 2001. The church groups are upset at recent student riots which they attribute to lack of good morals. One can only assume they mean students are not obeying those in authority.

There is an assumption running through these religious statements that all people in a religion agree on what constitutes morals and values and the right view of issues. The Anglican church is currently divided over issues of gay and female rights. Which side of this conflict will be taught students in school as constituting the “Christian view?” Schools exist to create critical thinking individuals, not to propogate the ideas of a group of men who run churches.

By the way, what is the correct answer to the question: “God’s views concerning obedience to blind authority is..?”

  • journeyer58

    As I have stated in previous posts, I believe that it is entirely too much for the “church” to dictate to the government how and when morals and values should be taught.
    The church is the place that parents bring their children for the teaching of morality and values, schools i.e.: the educational system should teach critical thinking skills to their students, not the claptrap that is taught today in most nations.
    We, the parents, rely too much on testing as a barometer of success. The teaching methods should include time for reading and writing, skills lacking in today’s students. But the main thing that students should be taught is the idea of questioning authority, not the slavish obedience that is required by most if not all of the nations educational systems.
    It seems to me that the educational systems of our countries are producing more and more slavishly oriented students, that do what they are told, when they are told and how they are told. There is no more questioning of authority figures, the authority figures demand strict obedience to a set of outmoded and outdated values that have nothing to do with today’s world.
    A revolution needs to take place in our educational system or we will be up the creek without the proverbial paddle. The reason is we are not teaching our children to look for the answer from all sides of the equation, we are not teaching critical thinking skills, such as questioning the morality of poverty, global warming and all the myriad problems that the world is faced with as I write.
    Should there be this revolution in our educational systems, then I think that there would be hope for the world. But if the fundamentalists of most religions have sway over the critical period of a child’s learning, then heaven help the world, for we will not have the scientific and logical thinking skills that are necessary to overcome the worlds problems without more violent and better equipped wars.

  • Fred Stopsky

    I understand your pessimistic views of youth but I suspect you ignore their strong points. I was raised in a homophobic world, young people today are way ahead of their parents and grandparents on issues related to prejudice and bigotry against minorities and gays and lesbians.
    I disagree with your view they do as they are told. As one who has taught 15,000 students, I wish that was so.
    I believe young people are much more aware and concerned about global warming than the generation of their parents and grandparents.