Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi has revealed Parliament will review a requirement for every job seeker to have a CRB and HELB clearance before being employed. While speaking Nairobi at the National Musem during the People’s Dialogue forum, Muturi said the Kenyan youth should not have any obstacles in seeking employment in their own country.
Last year, a committee chaired by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja inquired into the need for the clearance certificates following a petition by Nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura.
In the petition, Mwaura argued that the demand for such documents was unfair to individuals seeking their first placement and income besides being costly.The committee recommended to the County Public Service boards and County Assembly Service boards to emulate the Public Service Commission and source for clearance from the relevant government agencies for successful applicants.
“Therefore, there would be no need to tell the applicants to bring the copies yet the PSC normally does the work,” it read. The committee argued that the school leaving certificates should be enough and that school leavers should not be required to provide self-declaration forms or a tax clearance certificates.
“The Senate should assist us in this report and also direct various agencies to zero in on the cost of clearances. We want a situation whereby any young person in this country can obtain a certificate of good conduct free of charge. The same should apply to the EACC, HELB and CRB,” Nandi Senator Samson Chergei said.