The Kenyan police service has locked out graduates from its latest drive to recruit 5,000 new officers, reported the Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper.
It is reportedly keen to avoid pay disputes within its ranks.
The nationwide recruitment starts on Thursday and will target people with a minimum qualification of D+ in their secondary school exams – a score considered to be below average.
“We are advising those with degrees to wait for other positions to avoid labour issues,” said John ole Moyaki.
“We are not discouraging graduates from joining the police service, but there are better opportunities and higher job groups that would suit them, apart from the police.”
Kenya has a long history of police officers using excessive force when enforcing law, often resulting in deaths, but security officers are rarely held to account.