An expert and a lawmaker have questioned the Bureaucratic Reform Ministry’s plan to dismiss civil servants who fail the competency test by granting them early retirement packages.
“Many tax office employers are smart, meaning that they are likely to pass the competency test easily. But who is going to guarantee that these people will perform well as civil servants,” House manpower commission lawmaker Rieke Diah Pitaloka told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.
She said that a stricter monitoring system and law enforcement should be applied as well.
Commenting on this, Siti Zuhroh from the Indonesian Science Institute (LIPI) said that the government should design follow-up programs for those who hadn’t passed the competency test and were granted early retirement.
“These people should be trained so that they are able to be financially independent or else they will become another problem later on,” she said.
Deputy Bureaucratic Reform Minister Eko Prasodjo earlier stated that the ministry intended to hold competency tests for civil servants. Those who passed the test would be rewarded with follow-up training to improve their skills, while those who didn’t would be granted early retirement packages.
The plan was a response to a survey that unveiled that 40 percent of the 4.6 million civil servants nationwide are incompetent.
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