12 Oct 2017 20:20pm
WINDHOEK, 12 OCT (NAMPA) The delayed vacancy bulletin of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture will be made available by the end of October.
Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa told a media briefing here Thursday the delay was due to a verification exercise of the regions staffing needs, which was carried out by head office.
The exercise is aimed at containing the growing wage bill in the ministry and trimming its size with regards to its staff establishment, a requirement from Government through the Secretary to Cabinet who issued four circulars between May and June this year in this regard.
Hanse-Himarwa said the verification exercise revealed that the financial implications of the regional staffing needs as presented were highly unsustainable and thus the ministry was compelled to reduce the initial staffing needs.
Our directorates in the regions were then directed to revisit their needs by critically and analytically assessing their workforce or staffing, she said.
Hanse-Himarwa made it clear that only after diligently ensuring that the correct staffing norms have been applied, will the ministry proceed to do the initial costing of the provisional posts.
Regional directorates of Education, Arts and Culture were expected to submit their final staffing needs on Thursday.
The staffing needs, once consolidated and endorsed by the executive, will make up the vacancy bulletin which will be submitted to the Secretary to Cabinet for ratification and subsequent publication of the bulleting in various media.
The four circulars included the Human Resource Circular No. 2 of 2017, dated 15 May 2017; and the Formal Education Circular No. 6 of 2017, dated 29 June 2017.
Both circulars address the ministrys constraints due to the downward revision of the budget as appropriated for the 2017/2018 financial year, filling of posts, overstaffing and understaffing.
Other circulars include the Public Service Management Circular issued on 16 May 2017. This circular deals with Measures to implement strategies for containing the size of the wage bill in the Public Service of Namibia.