Twenty-eight graduates have successfully completed a course that is essential for improving the public service within government departments.
The government intends to use these graduates, who are all employees of the government, to improve its service delivery to achieve a World Class Public Service.
The course was offered by Harry Mitchell College in the United Kingdom and had the syllabus specially crafted to suit the candidates. The course, which is said to be intensive, was completed within a time frame of six weeks.
The Managing Director of Harry Mitchell College, Eugene Chinal, said the course “is very demanding and technical and the graduates were brilliant”.
The course is worldwide as the institution of Harry Mitchell College is one of the few colleges that are accredited to offer management service courses in the United Kingdom.
The Director of the Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM), Pearl Matome, also graced the occasion.
In an interview with Sunday Standard, she said, “The aim is to develop staff into full-fledged consultants.”
Matome said, with competent staff, they would be able to be more competitive than there are today, thus giving the private sector a good run for their money.
In the long run, the government plans to phase out the issue of private consultancy as they expect to have more employees to undertake the course.
The six-module course was aimed at teaching the employees of the DPSM the value of money, application of the productive tool, utilization of resources, effectiveness and sustainability.
The first ministry that is expected to be revamped by the new graduates is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National assembly. The other ministries are expected to follow once the first ones are complete.
It takes a minimum of one year to revamp a single ministry.
The Ministry of Education will not be revamped any time soon as it was the last to be revamped in 2008.
The director assured the employees that, with time, she will propose that the graduates be regarded as scarce skills employees and, hopefully, they would not be tempted to leave government for greener pastures.