Over 3,000 civil servants underwent LDP in past decade

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OVER 3,000 civil servants have furthered their studies over the past decade through the In-Service Training (LDP) Scheme, the Legislative Council heard yesterday.

Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman said a total of 3,330 civil servants have furthered their education.

“I would like to refer to the memo issued by the Prime Minister’s Office 27/1988 and 10/2006 where it is stated that there are no obstacles or objections to all civil servants at all divisions (including division three and below) to go for in-service training or furthering their studies through the LDP Scheme,” he said.

Employees in the civil service are categorised into five divisions — directors and managerial staff (first division); executives and entry-level graduates (second division); supervisory and skilled technical staff (third division); and support staff (fourth and fifth divisions).

The minister was responding to a suggestion by LegCo member Hj Gapor @ Hj Md Daud Karim who said the MoE should provide more opportunities to civil servants to further their education, especially division three and below civil servants to increase the human resource capabilities of the nation.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi said the selection of those who are chosen for the LDP grants are based on merit as well as the human resource needs of the government.

“However, the awarding of LDP grants are dependent upon several conditions being fulfilled such as the strategic plans and needs of each ministry and department that prioritises the best performing officers in their field of work.

“Those who are selected are also chosen because they are earmarked as having potential to help achieve the main objective of the LDP Scheme, which is to increase the expertise, knowledge and level of professionalism in the civil service,” said YB pehin Dato Hj Suyoi.

However, the minister cautioned that furthering their qualification would not automatically entitle them to a promotion or salary hike.

“It must be said in this context that the completion of their further studies or training through this LDP scheme does not directly relate with the appointment of senior positions or higher salary scales within the civil service,” he said.

Out of that total, 2,646 division three and below civil servants have furthered their studies within the country’s higher education institutions, while 684 division three and below civil servants pursued higher education abroad.

 

The Brunei Times