Public service graduates pledge professionalism

DPI, Guyana, Friday, December 14, 2018

Graduates of the Bertram Collins College of Public Service today pledged to bring professionalism to the public service, as the college hosted its second graduation at the college compound, Ogle.

Ariana Carvajal who was the Best Graduating Student from a class of 60 told her classmates that Guyanese “can have full faith in our abilities as public servants as you are the sole reason our jobs exist, we will, therefore, work with your best interests at heart.”.

Speaking to the Department of Public Information, Shamariah David said that with the quality of training received, she is confident that the graduating batch will be able to efficiently serve the people: “What they should expect from me and my colleagues is efficiency, they should expect us to give the best service possible that Guyana has to offer. We are a new breed of public servants and we are here to serve the people to the best of our ability and that is what they can expect from us.”

Brandon Roopchan explained, “We have been trained in a lot of aspects on professionalism, customer service so you can expect people working as a team and being professional in the workplace so that the public service could be better.”

One outstanding student Audlie Waterton said, “I have won two awards, exemplary conduct and best attendance, and I will fulfil every duty, everything that I have learnt I will use it to the best of my ability to bring about a change that the government want to see in the public service system.”

Chairman of the Public Service Commission, Michael Somersall said that the aim of the college is to create the best public service in the Caribbean. Somersall said that the key was to continue to provide training to public servants so that they will be in tune with what is required for the present.

“We can only do so, with your help, you are the ones who are coming into the system now and we are looking forward to working with you collaboratively… a public service provided by trained public servants is extremely essential to the delivery of effective and efficient services.”

The graduates are the second batch of students to complete the programme at the college which is the brainchild of President David Granger. Students are schooled in various practical and theoretical areas of public service and go on to serve a mandatory six-month internship at a government agency.

Isaiah Braithwaite

Images: Jules Gibson


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