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Police service entry grade to be revised

14 June 2013, 12:47 Dareel Eric

Entry grades into the police force are set to be increased in line with their salaries that are also set be increased in the coming years as the National Police Service Commission continues with reforms.

The commission boss Johnston Kavulundi revealed this Thursday while addressing the parents and students at Nyang’ori Boys High School in Vihiga while attending the Hamisi sub-County educational day.

Avenue where only the academic dwarfs were dumped

Kavulundi said that gone are the days when the police service was seen as an avenue where only the academic dwarfs were dumped just because they could be able to hold a club and shoot.

“The entry grades will be soon set to be higher as the commission seeks to professionalise the police service. Why should they qualify with lower grades when it is a profession like any other?” Kavuludi posed.

The police boss said that they need professionals in the service who are intelligent because the police are tasked with the making of decisions on the spot unlike the army who must wait for orders from the above.

During the last year’s recruitment, the entry grade into the service was set at C (plain) in the KCSE but Kavulundi said that it will be raised because the police are not any inferior to other professionals.     

He said that the only way to transform the sector completely was by recruiting competent individuals who are properly trained.

“Policing should now become a career of choice like any other where our children will admire and long to join, not just hating the police because they are corrupt and only known for arresting people,” he said.

This will in turn help in bargaining for better terms for the police so that the young men and women are attracted to join.

Kavulundi was accompanied by his wife Margaret Kavulundi, Minister for Gender, Culture, Youth and Sports in Vihiga County executive committee Nixon Amendi, Knut executive secretary in Vihiga Nathaniel Shibira, Nyang’ori Principal Benjamin Anyira, among other educational stakeholders in the area.

He further revealed that they are negotiating with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) so that they can improvise on the salaries of the police.

“Terms and service of the police should be given attention. We are working on their housing allowances,” Kavulundi averred.

'Teacher who are not ICT compliant are illiterate'

In addition, he asked the teachers to be ICT compliant as the government initiates plans to introduce laptops to primary school pupils saying that at this time, any teacher who is not ICT compliant is illiterate.

“ICT must be part of our learning system and instead of teachers frowning at the proposals to introduce laptops in our schools, they should welcome the idea wholeheartedly. We have to come to acknowledge the power of technology,” he said.

He further urged the government to invest heavily in pre-primary education because it is a foundation saying a good base for the children will positively influence them in their lives.

Kavulundi said that instead of the CDF money being used by the leaders to build new and poorly equipped schools, it should be used to improve the already existing ones.       

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