Sunday, June 16, 2024

Civil servants to undergo testing before admission


Civil Service Commission, Vice Chairperson Hilary Chipango said government will introduce assessment systems for people who would want to be admitted to the civil service.

Mr. Chipango said the assessment system will allow government to employ quality professionals to the civil service.

He noted that more needs to be done to have a civil service that can perform and serve the people with distinction.

“We need the civil service to increase on their performance so as to contribute to enhanced National productivity,” Mr Chipango said

Mr Chipango added that government is in the process of introducing the school of national governance which will be tasked with equipping civil servants with skills.

He said the school of national governance shall follow the old system where civil servants will be required to undergo refresher courses at the National Institute for Public Administration (NIPA) in a short space of time.

Mr. Chipango said this during the sensitization meeting with public service workers on the integrated productivity policy in Mbala today.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Labour and Social Security Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kaziya has challenged civil servants to increase the level of productivity to enhance national growth.

Mr. Kaziya said this is why the ministry is considering introducing a performance based system to assess the level of performance of civil servants.

“We as a ministry are introducing performance based systems so as to assess performance,” Mr Kaziya said.

The Permanent secretary also disclosed that government in conjunction with smart Zambia will introduce online systems that will enable aptitude tests to be conducted online.


  1. Continuous, pre- and in service training keeps the workforce abreast with current and latest trends in science and technology. Similarly, it is very important that school curriculum should constantly be changed.
    Quality civil servants transform into competitive civil service.

  2. Iwe mwankole,Which assesments are you talking about? The first assesment you have always done is WHERE DO YOU COME FROM, WHO YOU KNOW AND HOW DEEP IS YOUR POCKET.
    Next week that nonsense ia coming to an end .

  3. After all you are employing your relatives. Your relatives are underperforming, qualified people are left without employment.

    Civil service needs to be disbanded for being worthless.

  4. I strongly welcome this as a person who has mingled with various civil servants. Especially the upnd supporting civil servants are incompetent

  5. An addmssion of guilty for perpertrating a corrutpt recruiting sytem for civil service in the last 15 years or so.

  6. This is a great idea bcoz someone can be working for 10years having the same knowledge but we have to understand that everyday new things are been made the service has to copy with that

  7. Good plan, however once in the career civil servants will be frustrated by cadres already in the system and those who got in through the back-door. If it was possible, best would be to purge current work force, otherwise you will be putting new wine into old wineskins. Agony is having to work under a dunderhead until they retire.

  8. Not introduce! RE-INTRODUCE. This used to be the case as far back as some of us can remember. Our parents used to travel to Lusaka to do those exams. Then mwabwela na ma kada banu and just wrecked everything. ABemba akuti mulesensela cilya kawa! A pumbavu zoona bati!

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