Local Government Service Commission, in conjunction with Local Government Accountability and Performance project, has trained Mwanza District Council’s Human Resource (HR) Department personnel.
Speaking during the orientation on Friday, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development Human Resource Management and Development deputy director Florence Maloya said the HR officers were trained on how to locate staff through a process called rationalisation.
“HR personnel should be able to identify duty stations with more members of staff and deploy the surplus to stations with less staff members so that public service delivery should improve in all sectors,” she said.
Maloya cited the education sector which is understaffed such that one teacher handles over 60 pupils which is against government’s recommended teacher to pupil ratio.
She said: “So rationalisation process will clear out those discrepancies.
“Again, the HR personnel should be able to identify ghost workers on the council’s payroll to ensure salaries are paid to members that exist.”
Mwanza district commissioner Francis Matewere said the training was a positive move because the council was supposed to get adequate members of staff in all sectors to improve public service delivery.
The HR department’s orientation will be conducted in other councils as part of the implementation of the recommendations made after the public servants head counting exercise of 2017/18.