UZ SDA students challenge Sabbath day examinations
UNIVERSITY of Zimbabwe Seventh Day Adventist Students Association has challenged the sitting of examinations scheduled for Saturdays July 11 and 18, arguing it was in contradiction with their religious beliefs since it is their Sabbath.
“The applicants being members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church cannot avail themselves for the said examinations on the above-mentioned dates as this conflicts with their professed faith, in particular their belief that the biblical seventh day, Sabbath, starts from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday,” reads the application.“Applicants have fundamental constitutional rights to freedom of conscience, right to education and right not to be unfairly discriminated against. The right to freedom of conscience allows them to practice, propagate and give expression to their religious beliefs. Given that the applicants cannot take up the exams on Saturdays, they will definitely suffer prejudice if the examinations are to proceed in their absence.”