| Azlan Othman |
THE Director-General of the Public Service Department stressed on government’s prudent spending to ensure that all expenses put out to provide in-service Training to government officers both locally and overseas are beneficial and worthwhile in the terms of return on investment.
In a briefing during the In-Service Training roadshow at the Civil Service Institute yesterday, Awang Jaini bin Haji Abdullah said that it is hoped the ministry would consider or select only the best and most deserving employees for such training.
“The Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has allocated a huge budget in ensuring that human resources development runs effectively to increase the quality, competency and productivity of officers and in line with the strategic plans of the ministry and its departments. This includes the requirement for a succession plan,” he said.
Awang Jaini also shared on the issues that usually rise up when recommendations are forwarded to the Public Service Department, such as incomplete information, generic ‘cut and paste’ recommendations, misguided endorsements as well as the lack of monitoring when recommended officers undertake their in-service training.
There have also been instances when a government officer moves to another place after completing his or her studies, thus straying from their agency’s original plan.
Yesterday’s briefing also touched on the enforcement of the Government Employee Management System, while highlighting the application process and guidelines in forwarding recommendations for In-Service Training.
Such recommendations, added the Director-General, should be in line with the succession plan of the ministry or department, which should be of strategic value. In other words, it must be based on real needs relating to service performance.