A report released by the Public Service Commission (PSC) has shown that male civil servants took a huge share of promotions in the last year.
The report tabled in the National Assembly shows that seven out of 10 officers promoted in the civil service in the last year were men.
According to the report, during the 2021/2022 financial year, a total of 6,172 promotions were recorded in the civil service.
Male employees took a total of 4, 320 promotions (70 per cent) while 1,852 were female (30 per cent).
“Promotion of officers is a human resource function aimed at ensuring that officers ascend to higher positions in the grading structure based on merit.
“The promotions that were made were intended to fill staffing gaps, boost morale and improve retention and service delivery,” reads the report in part.
Male officers take huge percentage of promotions
Further, the report shows that only four ministries had the number of female officers promoted being more than their male counterparts.
They include the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, Ministry of Sports, Culture and heritage, State Department of Gender, State Law Office and Department of Justice.
In terms of individual Ministries, the Gender department recorded the highest number of promotions at 2,226.
Of the 2,226, 967 were male, representing 43.4 per cent, while 1,259 were female representing 56.6 per cent.
The National Treasury had the second highest promotions at 799 representing 528 (66 per cent) male and 271 (33.9 per cent) female.
In the State Department for Early and Basic Education 786 were promoted with 574 being male and 212 being female.
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The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government recorded 233 promotions, 174 were male (74.7 per cent) while female officers were 59 (25.3 per cent).
The Ministry of Petroleum and Mining, Department for Cooperatives and Department for Housing and Urban Planning had less than 10 promotions each at eight, four and two, respectively.
Promotions done on merit
The report says promotions in the public service were through competitive processes and succession management.
At the same time, some 3,958 officers exited public service in the past year.
The exit was occasioned by various reasons, including attaining the mandatory retirement age, death, end of contract, 50-year rule, dismissal and resignation.
3,144 officers exited public service due to attainment of the mandatory retirement while 17 left after their contracts ran out.
Additionally, 457 officers died, while 162 exited due to the 50-year rule.
During the said period, the Public Service Commission dismissed a total of 109 officers due to various disciplinary reasons.
“The commission exercises disciplinary control as an integral part of the human resource management function in the public service.
“It is intended to contribute to performance improvement and productivity, maintenance of high standards of integrity and upholding the dignity of the office to which public servants are appointed,” reads the report.