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China to Launch Ethic Training for All Civil Servants
Source: Xinhua News Agency
Source Date: Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Focus: Citizens’ Service Delivery
Country: China
Created: Nov 07, 2011

China will launch an ethics training campaign for all of the country's civil servants over the next five years, according to a statement issued by the State Administration of Civil Service on Wednesday.

All civil servants will be trained by the end of 2015, the last year of China's 12th Five-Year Plan period, and are required to complete a training course of no less than six hours in length, the statement said.

Ethics training should be made a compulsory part of civil servants' job training, the statement said.

The campaign will focus on training leading officials and community-level civil servants who work in direct contact with the public, the statement said.

According to the statement, the training will include lectures and case studies to improve civil servants' loyalty to the country and people, as well as their sense of responsibility and honesty.

Ethics performance will always be taken as an important standard in civil servant selection, assessment and supervision, the statement said.

The training campaign has been launched following the recent exposure of improper behavior and illegal acts by civil servants.

A police officer who was accused of killing five people and injuring three others in a road accident in central China's Henan province was arrested in late October.

Pan Lei, director of the Suqian Municipal Agricultural Machinery Bureau in east China's Jiangsu province, was removed from his post around the end of October over allegations that he had an affair.

These types of cases have a negative influence on the public's image of civil servants, said Liu Dasheng, a professor with the Jiangsu Administration Institute.

Many regions have already begun to make efforts to improve the moral standards of their civil servants.

The government of Shuyang County in Jiangsu has included "moral qualities" in its civil servant performance evaluation system since 2010.

Most of the investigated officials' behavior has been unethical, said Zhang Fengyang, head of the School of Government at Nanjing University.

Ethics training can help to prevent corruption and appease the public's desire for disciplined civil servants and officials, Zhang said.
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