Paying Interns to Soon Become Law if Bill Passes

Paid Internships

Is about that time, Keyan bosses stop treating interns like needy bustards, and just pay them outright. Experience, expose and those bunch of excuses that roll off their tongues smoothly cannot and will not foot interns bills let alone motivate them to work.

Internships are crucial in transforming students from classrooms to the realities of the industry out there is shaping their careers, while for the employers, it a good hunting ground for fresh talent and energy that could be an invaluable asset to the organization.

Employers, on the other hand, are able to assess potential applicants more effectively than using interviews.

Samburu West MP Naisula Lesuuda drafted a bill and presented it to the Parliament on Tuesday seeking to provide a monthly allowance to interns at government or any other institution in reflection to article 55 of the Constitution. That employer should set aside some amount of funds to be paid to interns but she did not give quotations on the amounts.

According to Lesuuda the principal object of the Bill is to address some of the core challenges affecting Kenyans, more so the youths who are seeking gainful employment opportunities. Article 55 of the constitution notes that the state shall take measures including affirmative action, programmes that will ensure that the youth have access to inter-alia relevant education, training and employment.

A public debate on social media about paid internship last month saw man advocate for the move while others feared the wrath of the employers.

Deputy Presiden William Ruto while presiding over a graduation ceremony at Bukura Agricultural College in April, mentioned that the government will start offering internships to graduates from different colleges across the country from July 2019.

Lesuuda’s move clocks in at the time when a Kenya National Bureau of Statistics report indicates that despite the government promising one million jobs when it took over in 2013, it has only created 1.8 million jobs in six years, with many youths languishing in poverty, some turning to criminal activities while others who have turned to self-employment barely making enough to cut the threshold.

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