Last year we raised 14,000 signatures in a petition against the ICT practitioners bill. We presented it to the national assembly in public participation, yet MPs ignored and passed the bill. A new petition is out and trending.
~ Ben Roberts
The bill is retro progressive,not everyone is a graduate who is a developer. 75% of Kenyan IT professionals are self-taught, no degree or college diploma. The person who have brought disruptive changes don’t have degrees. Passing a bill that is killing the dreams and visions of Kenyans is not sustainable. The bill should be rejected in total to give evey Kenyan a room to grow, innovate and monetize his or her skills
~ Robert Mungai
Parliament has passed controversial ICT bill that will require IT practitioners to be registered by the Professional Body Institution of ICT Practitioners. IT practitioners will also be required to have a degree and pay to renew their license yearly.
In a world where big tech is no longer requiring degrees for tech jobs, some idiots in Kenya want IT personnel to require licensing for operations and be registered.
Kenya will definitely lose a lot of bright minds to other countries if that bill is signed into law. Even before that, Kodris Africa – the company meant to implement the coding curriculum – needs to be investigated, I have so many questions.
Please sign to #KilltheICTBill
Yesterday, despite strong opposition from the sector, the ICT Practitioners Bill was passed.
This Bill had been previously rejected, petition with over 14k signatures + a legal opinion around the unconstitutionality of the bill.
The Bill states that all “ICT Practitioners” (and the definition is so broad, could cover social media and Whatsapp communication!) need to be registered and pay a license fee. Previous drafts included degree requirements and FINES and IMPRISONMENT for non-registration!!
Silver lining is that these requirements are dropped and it’s a largely voluntary process now.
I’m sure registration will be expected for government roles and programmes but hope the mandatory provisions don’t creep in by later amendments.
It’s surprising that Kenya, Africa’s Silicon Savannah, is doing this whilst the world is moving away from paper requirements! With tech moving so fast, and research showing benefits of experiential learning, what a step backwards.
The biggest tech companies from Microsoft, Google, Visa have already entered the market, showing Kenya has the potential talent!
In terms of process, the public, tech industry all participated, made their voices clear and blocked the bill twice! But the powers that be persisted and here we are..
My message to all you awesome techies out there – whether you have a degree, diploma, self-taught etc – keep up the awesome work! and hopefully we will learn to develop an enabling, regulatory environment for you to thrive.
~ Sheena Raikundalia