PSC Chairman, Martin Mahe

The Chairman of the Public Service Commission, Martin Mahe, says the PSC is currently reviewing the Public Service Staff Manual, and one of the main issues in consideration is scholarship-bonding for staff

who go on government scholarships, complete studies, return and employed in the public sector for a short period then resign for other jobs outside the government.

“The Public Service Commission is reviewing the Public Service Staff Manual.

"While the review covers the whole of the Public Service Staff Manual, one of the matters in hand for the review is the consideration to introduce scholarship-bonding.

"What it means is that students who go on government scholarship and after completing their academic studies, return to Vanuatu and serve in government services on employment-bonding,” he said.

He pointed out that far too many young people who go on government scholarships, upon completing and acquiring academic qualifications they return home work for the government for up to 2 years, and then decide to resign and look for jobs elsewhere.

“Many such young Vanuatu academics who are employed for even just one or two years, and are already writing to the Public Service Commission (PSC) asking for promotion and increases of wages or salaries.

"They forget that without the government scholarships, they would have never had a chance to reach that educational level.

"Furthermore, they have not even given back enough in return to the government and the people of Vanuatu but are already demanding high wages and conditions of service.

"But look at many public servants who never had a chance in life to reach that educational attainment or level, yet they serve the government and the people for up to 20 years and never request such a high demand from the public service in a short period of their employment with the PSC,” the PSC Chairman pointed out.

The Chairman of the PSC spoke to the Daily Post yesterday during a luncheon organized for the 21 staff of the Department of Lands and all various sections under the Department of Lands who have served more than 20 years, even before and after independence and were supposed to have been awarded medals of long service by the Head of State but the award presentation did not take place and the Daily Post could not obtain comments from the staff of the State Office at the time of going to press yesterday afternoon.

Commenting to the Daily Post after the luncheon, Mr Mahe, said the 21 staff of the Department of Lands deserved such a recognition with organized luncheon because they had been faithful and committed in providing such services in the Lands Department over 20 years to the government and the people of Vanuatu, without such much demands.

“This is the spirit of service, faithfulness, dedication and trust displayed by these public servants and which we want to see the same spirit of faithfulness, dedication and commitment by young Ni-Vanuatu academics who have been on government scholarship, return home qualified, employed by the government but within short period of their time, write to the PSC and demand high salaries and wages and conditions,” PSC Chairman Martin Mahe, voiced.

“So the PSC in reviewing the Public Service Staff Manual, is considering scholarship bonding for up to 7-10 years that will ensure the students go on Vanuatu Government scholarships, return with academic qualification, must serve the government and the people of Vanuatu for that period before deciding to go somewhere else,” the PSC Chairman emphasized.

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