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Commission eyes digital solution to education credential dilemma in civil service

The Federal Civil Service Commission has announced plans to launch a software application to verify the educational credentials of civil servants.

Heads of the Commission emphasized the importance of enhancing the software application to MPs while presenting a half-year report to the parliamentary standing committee for Human Resource Development, Employment, and Technology Affairs on February 14, 2024.

Officials want to establish a seamless connection with universities to address challenges in educational credential verification that have long plagued the federal government and regional administrations.

Commissioner Mekuriya Haile (PhD) highlighted the advancements achieved through the development of this software. He noted its role in enhancing the “integrated civil service management information system,” indicating a significant improvement in administrative processes.

He disclosed the implementation of the software is structured in five phases. This structured approach involves the active participation of the Civil Service Commission, the Education and Training Authority, and the Ministry of Education, facilitated by a committee under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister’s Office, dedicated to verifying educational credentials.

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The verification process has been initiated for 51,000 government employees, according to the Commissioner.

The first phase targets federal and ministerial institutions, followed by legislative interpreters and democratic institutions in the second phase, regional governments in the third phase, and public university employees in the fourth phase. 

Mekuriya told Parliament the verification of educational credentials will be conducted by individuals educated in private universities, overseen by the Education and Training Authority, as well as those who graduated from public universities, utilizing information provided by the Ministry of Education.

He also highlighted ongoing efforts to digitize Commission data, aiming to bridge gaps in accessing human resource information at the woreda and regional levels. 

He underscored the substantial cost-saving potential, estimating that over USD one billion  required for building a data center could be put to use elsewhere by leveraging the resources of the Artificial Intelligence Institute.

The Commissioner says the preparation of policies, guidelines, and reform initiatives aimed at delivering effective services to citizens is nearing its final stages. He observed that these policies would foster independence, qualification, and inclusivity among civil servants, with salary, benefits, and job growth aligned with the efficiency of the new policy.

The reform agenda also prioritizes modernizing office services, enhancing efficiency, and ensuring the competence of government officials and workers.

Committee Chairman Negari Lencho (PhD) expressed encouragement for the Commission’s policy and guideline preparation, urging swift approval and implementation to address the needs of civil servants while considering income levels and the cost of living to safeguard job creation.

There are over 2.5 million civil servants in Ethiopia.

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