Need to fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing ca­pac­ity within pub­lic ser­vice

Stabroek News Sunday - - REGIONAL & WORLD NEWS -

Dear Ed­i­tor, The front page head­line of SN of Septem­ber 23, 2018 makes ref­er­ence to “US$14.5M grant for pub­lic ser­vice col­lege, other ar­eas.” How­ever, there is no fur­ther men­tion of this spe­cific item on pages 3 and 21, as di­rected.

Notwith­stand­ing, one nur­tures the hope that ap­pro­pri­ate speci­ficity about this project will be pro­vided early, par­tic­u­larly to pub­lic ser­vants who would be look­ing for­ward to ben­e­fit­ting from sorely needed train­ing and de­vel­op­ment.

The ob­ser­va­tion is made in light of the ini­tial in­vi­ta­tion by the man­age­ment of the in­sti­tu­tion to non-pub­lic ser­vice em­ploy­ees. In fact, the ad­ver­tise­ment at the time, was aimed at se­condary school grad­u­ates with min­i­mum of six CSEC sub­jects, and who, it was em­pha­sised, must have am­bi­tion to be Per­ma­nent Sec­re­taries by age 40 years – via a vir­tual course pro­gramme of just more than a year, which in­cluded at­tach­ments to state agen­cies.

The sum men­tioned in SN, it must be pre­sumed, would be spent on rais­ing the de­vel­op­men­tal bar for gen­uine se­nior pub­lic ser­vants – a crit­i­cal need. It must there­fore in­volve the pre­req­ui­sites of in­sti­tut­ing a sub­stan­tially greater hu­man re­sources de­vel­op­men­tal ca­pac­ity than now ex­ists, par­tic­u­larly as none ob­tains within the Pub­lic Ser­vice it­self.

One hopes to see the dec­la­ra­tion of a strat­egy for pub­lic ser­vice staff de­vel­op­ment that would take into ac­tive con­sid­er­a­tion the al­most tsunamic pub­lic and pri­vate or­gan­i­sa­tional chal­lenges that are be­ing pre­dicted for our so­ci­ety, right now and in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture.

We look for­ward to the publi­ca­tion of the rel­e­vant doc­u­men­ta­tion. Yours faith­fully E.B. John

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