Civil servants get student loans

The Sunday Mail

Sunday Mail Reporter

As part of its human capital development initiatives, the government is rolling out low-cost loans to civil servants to advance their training and improve their competitiveness in the job market, said the Secretary of the Commission of the public service, Ambassador Jonathan Wutawunashe.

The program is part of the government’s broader efforts to improve the welfare of its workers.

Ambassador Wutawunashe made the revelations during National Secretaries’ Day celebrations in Harare on Friday, where he was officiating on behalf of Vice President Dr Constantino Chiwenga.

“The PSC offers training loans for people in the public service. Recently, I received a document to approve the list of personnel who requested low-cost self-development and training loans,” he said.

“I was surprised because on average, each government department submitted a list of two people to whom the training loans were granted.

“The money is there to cover more people, so before I signed I said let’s improve the numbers and make sure that among those numbers are some of the people we have in this room.”

The celebrations were themed “The Post-Covid-19 Secretary: Transforming to Perform” and Ambassador Wutawunashe said secretaries can only adapt to the changing dynamics of technology through education and training .

He said the workplace continues to undergo changes in terms of personnel and technology, threatening the jobs of those who refuse to upgrade.

The senior official implored secretaries to keep abreast of technological developments as the workplace is now “a transform or exit environment”.