Cabinet has given serious consideration for the introduction of a new study leave policy for the public service, according to newly appointed Minister of Health, Nickolas Steele.
Speaking to reporters at the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing held at the Ministerial Complex, the minister described the decision as a much-needed move by Government, as it would give public servants an opportunity to upgrade their work status.
“We want to make sure that the policy fits in line with our homegrown policy, and the various adjustments that we are making and also recognition that there needs to be further consultation”, he said.
According to Minister Steele, government wanted to ensure that the new study leave policy is in line with existing union agreements and that it “is in line with exiting demands within the various ministries”.
“I am very interested in it to see how it fits with my Ministry within our health care system. Getting our doctors further specialised and getting new doctors in and making sure that there is a mechanism in the system…”, he remarked.
The existing study leave policy is said to be often abused by civil servants over the years.
There are reports that some officers chose to remain and work outside the country on completion of their courses of study and still get their monthly salaries.