Saturday, July 7, 2007


Under the SSM or Sistem Saraan Malaysia, all civil servants must now sit for and pass the PTK or Penilaian Tahap Kecekapan to qualify for vertical and horizontal salary increments as well as promotions. These exam requires the civil servants to sit for two objective papers covering areas such as the government structure, legal system and General Orders.

Questions like whether the subject areas they had to cover and study are reflective of their professional competency and what would be the effects on those who failed this PTK? A pass rate of is frightening and horrifyingly low. How did this happen? Were the questions so fantastically tough, considering that the papers were objective ones? Must be a nightmare for the candidates.

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