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MP proposes new law that will affect HELB

Fees charged by HELB to be affected

Education CS Amina Mohamed speaking durign a past HELB breakfast (Daily Nation)

Nominated MP Gideon Keter has proposed a bill that will slash fees charged by State corporations for clearance certificates.

Keter's proposal is aimed at easing the burden on youth and persons living with disability who seek the clearance certificates while looking for employment.

The Employment Amendment Bill, 2018 will affect fees charged for a Certificate of Good Conduct, Higher Educations Loans Board (HELB), Credit Reference Bureau (CRB) and Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) clearances.

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CSs asked to consider abolishing the fees

The MP argued that the fees charged are oppressive to the less privileged and asked CSs in charge of the State bodies to consider abolishing the charges.

"Employment is a major concern to all Kenyans at the moment; reason being a youthful individual seeking employment is required to produce the requisite documents needed to pass for a job interview and more often than not that amount of money needed to furnish self with the documents is a problem.

"Due to this predicament, deserving youths end up being sometimes locked out of job interviews because of not producing the needed documents," he told reporters.

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Currently, a person seeking to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct parts with Sh1,050, for HELB clearance one pays Sh1,000 while EACC and CRB clearances cost 500 and Sh2,200 respectively.

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