Saturday, July 7, 2007

News On PTK (2007/07/06)

Cuepacs: Test should stay, but with changes PUTRAJAYA:The competency level appraisal test (Penilaian Tahap Kecekapan) for civil servants should stay, but on condition that changes be made to it, Cuepacs said yesterday. Its president, Omar Osman, said Cuepacs would propose the changes to Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Sidek Hassan before July 15.

Cuepacs has set up a taskforce to outline the changes. The task force, of which Omar is chairing, will meet affiliates tomorrow to finalise details before submitting the proposals to the government.

"This will be done fast because we do not want those who failed PTK, especially those in the lower grades, to suffer." Cuepacs has objected to PTK since its introduction in 2003 and demanded it be abolished.

"We agree that PTK should stay, but different form of assessment should be used to evaluate the different grades of civil servants.

"We do not want it to be too exam-oriented as this will make it difficult for those who entered public service with minimum qualifications, like the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) or even Standard Six, to pass the exam."

Lots of complaints had also been received from those who passed with excellent results.

"Though they passed the exam with flying colours, they still did not get salary shift or increment and this is disappointing.

"Cuepacs wants all civil servants who passed with excellent results to be given an automatic salary increment."

Omar also claimed that some heads of department had not been flexible by forcing their staff to sit the exam instead of allowing them to undergo courses, one of the mechanisms used by the Public Service Department (PSD) to increase the chances for promotion. Under PTK, several mechanisms are used to increase the chances of civil servants, especially those in the lower-ranking and support category, for promotion.

It is up to the heads of department or agency to decide which one, be it in the form of examination, observation or course, to evaluate the attitude, skills and knowledge of their staff. PSD corporate and communication head Hasniah Rashid had said professional development came in the form of an examination but for drivers, gardeners, hospital attendants or workers with Standard Six qualifications, for instance, they could be observed by the respective heads of department for upgrading purposes.

Interviews can be held, without them having to take the exam.

Heads of department can also opt for them to attend evaluation courses.

Omar said Cuepacs would bring up the matter with Sidek.

"In a meeting recently, Sidek had said there were many mechanisms which heads of department could use to evaluate their staff.

"It is regrettable that some heads of department are acting like little Napoleons by not using the appropriate instruments to help their staff get promoted."

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