Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) has officially waived the Ksh.1,000 compliance certificate fee for non-beneficiaries.
This is a relief for teachers who would wish to seek administrative position as this is a requirement according to chapter six. The teachers are required to submit a number of document including a Helb compliance certificate before they can be considered for the competitive positions.
HELB CEO Charles Ringera, in a public notice issued on Thursday, said the fee was found to be punitive especially to the unemployed youth who were not beneficiaries of the student loans.
“HELB has been issuing compliance certificates to non-beneficiaries of student loans at a fee of Ksh. 1,000 to defray the cost of the certificate and other administrative expenses,” read the notice.
Mr. Ringera said the board, following engagement with stakeholders, cited three reasons for the decision namely: unemployment and under-employment challenges; slow economic growth and escalated cost of living; retrenchment and downsizing affecting all sectors which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Given the foregoing issues raised by Kenyans, HELB has stopped charging Ksh.1,000 for issuance of the compliance certificate with effect from July 15, 2020,” stated Mr. Ringera.
Mr. Ringera further stated that the move is aimed at motivating Kenyan youth to seek jobs and opportunities to contribute towards nation building as well as to create goodwill and promotion of HELB products among Kenyans.
The compliance certificate is a requirement all persons applying for public jobs, as stated in Chapter VI on Leadership and Integrity of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, to enable the institutions to assess them in areas of credit worthiness, social responsibility and integrity.