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22.10.2008 General News

HOCS Trains Staff

By ISD (Richie Osei)

The Head of the Civil Service (HOCS), Mr Joe Issachar has underscored the essence of a comprehensive policy in training of civil servants to overcome today's technological challenges. He said since the work of a civil servant is crucial in the facilitation of government's policies and programme,they need the required knowledge and skills to enhance productivity.

Mr Issachar made this in Accra, last Monday when he launched a Records Management Training Programme for middle level civil servant.

The two week training workshop which is under the project of the Office of the Head of the Civil Service and the Commonwealth Secretariat is expected to train civil servant in areas of practice of identifying, classifying, archiving, preserving and destroying records professionally as well as information about business activities and transaction in the form of records.

Mr Issachar stated that the Civil Servant Training School has been marginalised and a time has come for the nation to invest in order to restructure the school, for it to serve as a capacity building avenue for civil servants.

He said the training school is strategic for harnessing the needed human resource in the country.

According to Mr Issachar the participants should see the workshop as an opportunity for them to upgrade their knowledge.

He noted that the Head of the Civil Service will continue to develop programme for personal of the service for them to work efficiently to meet high standards.

A Representative of the Commonwealth Secretariat Mr Alex Kwamine said Records Management is a critical area in the activities of all civil service organisation. He noted that record management which is where every single civil servant operates has been relegated to the background.

Mr kwamine said the initiative by the Commonwealth Secretariat is to improve records management field in all Ministries, Department and Agencies(MDAs).   He said personal that keep records in MDAs need to be equipped with the requisite management tools for their specific job assignment in their respective organizations.

Mr Kwamine observed that the Secretariat will continue to fund programme such as this to enable civil servants work efficiently.