MPs to review expose to scrap police clearance for jobs

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Wednesday August 18 2021

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Jobseekers in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Parliament will review the requirement on job seekers to most modern the Sh1,000 certificate of devoted conduct in a ride geared in opposition to cutting again the hurdles bedevilling the unemployment build of thousands of Kenyans.

Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi directed the Justice and Simply Affairs Committee to beget in ideas a petition that seeks to abolish the demand for the certificate issued by the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

Residents from Murang’a County petitioned the Dwelling to purchase the requirement of the police clearance certificate, asserting that it infringes on their constitutional rights to privacy since it exposes the job seeker’s previous prison records.

“The [Justice and Legal Affairs] Committee is requested to beget in ideas the petition and represent its findings to the Dwelling and to the petitioners in keeping with Standing Expose 227(2),” Speaker Muturi said on Wednesday.

Employers require job seekers to most modern a certificate of devoted conduct to affirm whether the applicant has a prison file or no longer. In cases of an present or previous crime, the microscopic print are captured in the certificate, a ride that hurts the possibilities of getting the job.

While the clearance is rarely any longer supplied for in laws, employers beget made it compulsory, adding to the financial note of securing employment.

The petitioners argue that the requirement is unfair for the reason that job seeker may per chance per chance beget committed an offence as an ignorant minor or may per chance moreover had been wrongly convicted and jailed for offences by no system committed.

Graduates are moreover required to make the Higher Training Loans Board (Helb) clearance certificate — whether they got the loans or no longer. The certificate used to be going for Sh1,000 however the cost used to be no longer too long up to now scrapped.

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