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Kamama wants class 8 graduates to join police force

06 February 2015, 09:51 Philomenah Chebet

Nairobi - The chairman of the national assembly’s committee on security, Asman Kamama has proposed that the minimum qualification of recruits to the police force be lowered from the current Form four Certificate to Standard eight certificate.

Speaking at a security forum in Mombasa Wednesday, Kamama said lowering the academic qualifications for one to join police will improve service delivery in the sector, which has been blamed for being inefficient in the recent.

“Quite a good number of police officers with grade C and above are learning in tertiary institutions. This has greatly compromised security in this country as the officers are concentrating more on studies instead of their jobs,” said the Tiaty MP.

“We should consider recruiting young people with even Class 8 certificates into the police force, because people with lower qualifications can concentrate more on their jobs than academic advancements,” added the lawmaker at a joint forum between his committee and officials from the Ministry of Interior and Coordination.

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“Lethargy within the police force in this country is caused by officers who feel their academic qualifications are way above their current positions,” noted Kamama.

The current minimum requirement for joining the National Police Service in the country is a D(+) in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) while the age limit is between 18-28 years.

Kamama’s suggestions comes at an interesting time, especially after experts in the security sector hailed the raising of police recruitment requirements saying it promoted professionalism in the force.

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