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PSC sets qualification level for civil servants

Ropate Valemei
Tuesday, February 05, 2013

GOVERNMENT ministries are going through some major changes and reforms, says Public Service Commission acting permanent secretary Iliesa Lutu at the opening of the Leadership Training for Directors at Nasese in Suva yesterday.

Mr Lutu said he was sure that with strong leadership, even the most troubled department or ministry could be reformed.

"The commission has made some significant reforms in the minimum qualification requirements in the civil service," he said.

Accordingly with a few exceptions, he said all base-grade positions required a diploma, and all positions above the administration officer required a degree.

"The message we are trying to put across now is that in all positions in government, we need graduates who can think critically, assess analytically, and make informed and educated decisions," Mr Lutu said.

He said government agencies that were most successful had visionary leaders who developed and implemented plans that focused on improving service delivery.

Mr Lutu emphasised to directors and heads of departments that it was important for directors to know that in any organisation, the role of the leader kept changing.

"For the civil service, the role of the executive leaders has broadened somewhat, from performing customary administrative and managerial duties to taking the proactive role of continually improving and thinking up new policies and new operational methods that adhere to global trends."

Accountability was also another challenge emphasised.

He said the onus was on all directors to practice good governance in the dispensing of their duties.

"Let me emphasise that for all leaders in the civil service, we are required to relay national realities and marshall energies and initiatives on the ground to enable the government to achieve its national goal," Mr Lutu said.

Accordingly, he said they must first break down many old barriers that existed in the civil service for a long time.


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