Education Loans board on Thursday, July 16, announced a sh1,000 waiver on the issuance
of its compliance certificate to non-beneficiaries.
The compliance certificate is a prerequisite for all persons
seeking public job opportunities as stated in the constitution under chapter VI
on Leadership and Integrity.
Through a statement, the Helb CEO Mr. Charles Ringera said the
waiver was meant to motivate Kenyan youth seeking their Helb compliance certificates
to apply for jobs.
Mr Ringera stated that the move came after several Kenyans
raised concerns in various forums, who perceived the charges for non-loanee compliance
certificate to be punitive.
“It has repeatedly
come to our attention that the charges for non-loanee compliance certificate
are perceived to be punitive, especially to the many unemployed youths who did
not benefit from the student loans,” read part of the statement.
The Helb CEO said most of the complaints raised by Kenyans
included unemployment and under-employment, slow economic growth and escalated
cost of living.
Kenyans also raised concerns over retrenchment and pay cuts
in all sectors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Those who seek to access the Helb compliance certificates
were advised to visit the Helb website or the E-Citizen portal beginning July