Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) has announced its plans to review clearance certificate charges. 

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On Friday, Chief Executive Officer Charles Ringera said that the body wants to reduce the amount of those who never benefitted from the loans. 

He noted that in the past, non-beneficiaries have lamented over the payment, adding that their plight has been taken into account before the decision to review was reached. 

“Once we are able to offer this service fully electronically, the cost should substantially come down from the current Sh1,000,” he said.

The board argued that it often incurs costs whenever it offers the service to the people. A group of youths petitioned the Senate asking why they are expected to pay for the certificate yet they are not beneficiaries of the same. 

The youths have also asked the government to ensure they do not incur any cost to get clearance from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), Directorate of Criminal Investigations and Kenya Revenue Authority.

Senators have been rooting for the removal of the rates charged by students. They have also said that it is high time the requirements for clearance are abolished to enable them to get their dream jobs.