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…says coalition says it is an act of political spite, malice
The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government is coming under fire over its decision to close the Bertram Collins Public Service College – a move, which will see more than 20 staff members being placed on the breadline by the end of the month.
On Monday, Opposition Member of Parliament, Tabitha Sarabo-Halley, who served as Minister of Public Service under the A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) Administration, said the decision was birthed out political spite and malice.
“The closure of the Bertram Collins College of the Public Service is a clear indication that the PPP regime has no interest in a professional public service and no interest in the structured and planned preparation of ambitious young people for a career in the public service,” Sarabo-Halley said in a statement.
She added: “What is obvious is in spite of the PPP’s rhetoric, their only interest is in a politicized public service that they can emasculate, manipulate and control.”
The APNU+AFC, she said, condemns, what she described as a continuing campaign against public servants. Sarabo-Halley said all right-thinking Guyanese should also standup against targeting and suppression of Guyana’s public service.
The Bertram Collins Public Service College was established by President David Granger in 2016 as part of his Administration’s efforts to rein in corruption and improve efficiency in the Public Sector.
Over the past five years, the college has been a driving force in transforming Guyana’s public service into a professional institution to serve every citizen with integrity, impartiality, objectivity and corporate identity.