Public Service Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria has announced that all prospective government employees must possess a National Youth Service (NYS) clearance certificates.
Speaking at the launch of the NYS re-engineering program, Kuria emphasized that this measure is aimed at combating corruption and addressing issues related to the work ethic of public servants.
“Before anyone is hired for a government job, they must go through NYS,” Kuria explained.
Kuria expanded on the significance of this prerequisite, highlighting the importance of traceability in the hiring process to ensure the suitability of candidates.
Cs Kuria pledged to champion this policy within the cabinet, aiming to secure approval for making the NYS certificate mandatory for all new government hires.
“I want to ensure that I push this policy, and I’m going to present a Cabinet memo for Cabinet approval… everyone (Kenyans must come holding an NYS clearance certificates to qualify for appointment.” he affirmed.
During the event, Kuria identified himself as the “chief marketer” for NYS and expressed his desire to rejuvenate the organization.
The outspoken CS made it clear that his efforts wouldn’t be limited to the public sector. He intends to promote the NYS to the private sector, emphasizing that NYS recruits are disciplined individuals with a strong work ethic.
The Presidential Working Party on Educational Reforms report released on Tuesday, August 1, also proposed that all students graduating from senior school (secondary school) will undergo mandatory community service training for three months.