Civil servants to conduct public perception survey

By NYAN HLAING LYNN | FRONTIER

NAY PYI TAW — How do you feel about your government? We could be about to find out. Government staff will later this year conduct a survey of 2,000 people to find out public perceptions about the civil service in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme.

The survey will be conducted in September and October, said Saw Valentine, a member of the government’s Union Civil Service Board.

“We want to know what people think of government staff,” he said at a press conference on May 4. “Civil servants must be trustworthy. People need to be able to rely on them.”

The survey is part of a 2017-20 strategic plan to reform the civil service and the Union Civil Service Board hopes it will assist with implementation of the plan.

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“It is time for the reform of civil servants in our country. Civil servants must … be able to contribute substantially to the reform of the country’s economy, social affairs and politics,” Valentine said.

The Union Civil Service Board is training civil servants at two academies, one each in upper and lower Myanmar.

Previously new staff received training in six subjects, including military training. However, the military focus has been dropped and the training expanded to seven subjects: management, business, political science, social science, English, information and communication.

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