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Gov't moving to make public service merit-based

Published:Thursday | March 9, 2017 | 11:10 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the government is moving to make the public service a meritocracy in an effort to stem the delegitimisation of government.

He says the Jamaica House Fellowship programme one of the avenues being used to restore the legitimacy of Government.

Yesterday, Holness pinned eight Jamaicans who are part of the first cohort of young Jamaican professionals who will serve in the Government of Jamaica for a two-year period.

Speaking at the ceremony Prime Minister Holness said for too long excellence has been undervalued in the public service.

He says this has led many to view the public sector as ineffective, but he is hoping to change this.


Prime Minister Andrew Holness

The eight Jamaica House fellows will be placed in a fast-paced collaborative environment within Ministries, Departments and Agencies based on Government priorities, skill sets, experience and areas of interest.

The Jamaica House Fellows will be assigned to special projects; be required to meet on a regular basis; and prepare reports on their activities which will be reviewed based on key performance indicators.