Papua New Guinea Public Service Minister Sir Puka Temu, has recommended that the legal retirement age for public servants be increased from 60 to 65.
Sir Puka said this would be recommended in an amendment to the Public Service Management Act to be introduced.
He was responding to a supplementary question from Nuku MP Joe Sungi in Parliament Wednesday on the retirement age for public servants, especially teachers.
“Currently, the legal compulsory retirement age is 60. With this rule, certain services are being affected.
“For example, we don’t have enough teachers and doctors,” he said.
“Some of them have very good managerial skills and we would like to keep them in the public service.”
Komo-Margarima MP Francis Potape, had earlier questioned Sir Puka if the department had policies to send public servants to work in other provinces rather than their own.
Potape said many schools and health centres were managed by public servants who originated from the provinces where the facilities were located.
“I commend the Government for looking after schools and health centres in PNG.
But a lot of these schools and health centres have been localised and they’ve been run down.”
Sir Puka said it had been a legacy since Independence and a bad practice of public servants living and working in their home provinces for years.
He said it would be compulsory that the appointment of provincial administrators be based on merit.
He said preference would be given to candidates from other provinces and that they served on a rotational basis for at least five years then move on.
Sir Puka said the appointments would be done by the provincial executive committee and the governor.
The same would apply for the appointment of the district administrators which the provincial executive council and members of parliament would be responsible for.