Education sector – The Education Store http://the-education-store.com/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 23:13:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://the-education-store.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/profile.png Education sector – The Education Store http://the-education-store.com/ 32 32 StateRAMP attracts more states and the education sector https://the-education-store.com/stateramp-attracts-more-states-and-the-education-sector/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 23:13:34 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/stateramp-attracts-more-states-and-the-education-sector/ Written by Benjamin Freed September 20, 2022 | STATECOOP StateRAMP, the two-year-old group working to create a standardized security rubric for national and local IT vendors, announced Tuesday that several other governments and other organizations have begun using its standards. These new partners include the K12 Security Information Exchange, a group that has lamented the […]]]>

Written by Benjamin Freed

StateRAMP, the two-year-old group working to create a standardized security rubric for national and local IT vendors, announced Tuesday that several other governments and other organizations have begun using its standards.

These new partners include the K12 Security Information Exchange, a group that has lamented the lack of security standards for elementary school technology vendors, and the University of North Carolina System, which, according to Leah McGrath, executive director of StateRAMP, could be the first of several public higher education systems to adopt the standards.

Just as the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, uses a network of external rating agencies to assess the security of cloud providers doing business with the U.S. government, StateRAMP has assessors who do the same for state and local vendors. It also offers continuous monitoring of approved products. These services are now being extended to the education sector, McGrath told StateScoop.

Major universities like UNC, she said, are responsible for protecting data belonging to thousands of students and staff, and keeping sensitive research secret. malicious actors seeking to steal intellectual property. Universities with medical schools are also subject to laws governing patient data.

“We started to see opportunities there, and because so many public universities work with the state, it became a real natural transition or expansion,” McGrath said.

North Carolina was one of the first 10 states to start using StateRAMP to validate its cloud providers. McGrath said the state Department of Information Technology’s cybersecurity strategy made it easy for the University of North Carolina to participate.

“What’s great about North Carolina is you have a statewide approach,” she said. “Where [UNC is] similar to state government is that there was no standardized way to manage compliance with ongoing monitoring. Whether it’s centralized or decentralized IT procurement, we have the capacity and flexibility to work with them.

“A Growing Crisis”

The K-12 field works a little differently, however.

During a webinar hosted by K12 Six on Tuesday, McGrath said she also saw new opportunities for StateRAMP in the K-12 space. School districts across the country have been bombarded with ransomware for years — including, recently, in Los Angeles — and the COVID-19 pandemic has also prompted schools to adopt more cloud-based apps.

“As we have seen this modernization trend, we also need to be aware of the added responsibility it brings to each of us,” McGrath said. “I have three teenagers and we lived through the pandemic, so I know very well the educational tools that have gotten us through.”

K12 Six executive director Doug Levin criticized security standards in edtech and repeated those concerns on Tuesday. Of the approximately 1,300 cybersecurity incidents recorded by K12 Six since 2016, 55% originated from a vendor, he said.

“This is a growing crisis,” Levin said, noting recent data breaches involving Battelle for Kids and Illuminate Education.

Thanks to local governments that have adopted StateRAMP, there are between 40 and 50 school districts that could adhere to the group’s standards, McGrath told StateScoop.

“They’re starting to have these conversations,” she said.

‘Is it connected?’

In addition to K12 Six and UNC, StateRAMP on Tuesday announced another round of state governments that have begun adopting its standards, including agencies in Colorado, Maine, North Dakota, Vermont and Virginia- Western, as well as the judicial branches of Arkansas and Nebraska. .

At the local level, McGrath said StateRAMP is now also working with the New York State Government CIO Association, potentially allowing it to reach counties, cities and towns across that state. The organization also works with Fayetteville State University, another public college in North Carolina.

While each organization incorporating StateRAMP’s model has its complexities, McGrath said there is a common set of issues that apply across government and education.

“You always have to ask, is this a cloud solution?” she says. “Does it transmit, process or store private or confidential data? Or could it impact your data? Are you connected, is he connected? This is the question that every K-12 school, every organization will need to address.

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Canada’s oil and gas sector circumvents the Paris Agreement by pressuring companies https://the-education-store.com/canadas-oil-and-gas-sector-circumvents-the-paris-agreement-by-pressuring-companies/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 10:03:18 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/canadas-oil-and-gas-sector-circumvents-the-paris-agreement-by-pressuring-companies/ Over the past decade, we have seen various climate-related commitments from companies in the Canadian oil and gas sector. At first glance, it might seem like we’re making progress, at least by acknowledging the problem and committing to being part of the solution. Yet a closer look reveals a less than rosy picture of the […]]]>

Over the past decade, we have seen various climate-related commitments from companies in the Canadian oil and gas sector.

At first glance, it might seem like we’re making progress, at least by acknowledging the problem and committing to being part of the solution. Yet a closer look reveals a less than rosy picture of the role Canadian oil and gas companies are playing when it comes to climate goals, regulations, and Canada’s roadmap to net zero.

Arguably, the most important work a company can do right now is to commit to – and then get to work on – reducing emissions in absolute terms. But there are other important ways in which oil can impact or hinder climate action nationally and globally. One is the extent to which its government relations, or “lobbying” activities align or do not align with the climate actions Canada must take to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. climatic conditions wreak havoc on our planet.

A rapidly growing number of investors are coming together to take a deep dive into the companies they own and carefully assess their management of climate risks. But shareholder advocacy and voluntary corporate commitments alone will not get us to net zero in time. Government and regulatory intervention is needed to significantly and aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Simply put, companies that actively support strong public climate policy are aligned. Those who fight it, or remain silent, are not.

The Association of shareholders for research and education (SHARE) recently rated and ranked 13 Canadian oil and gas companies on the TSX Capped Energy Index on the quality of their lobbying disclosure, including their public stance, policies and commitments, governance and management, transparency and general alignment. The results indicate that while companies have made progress in closing some disclosure gaps, the 13 oil and gas companies fail to demonstrate how their association memberships align with Paris Agreement goals.

In 2020, SHARE conducted research of a similar nature, establishing a initial benchmark of 22 companies listed on the S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index. Since then, we have started to see some modest progress in the oil and gas sector, but the overall quality of disclosure in the Canadian oil and gas sector still remains quite low. On average, companies scored below the 40th percentile in all categories (Suncor and PrairieSky Royalties are the only companies to score above 50%, with PrairieSky significantly improving its disclosure, scoring 80%).

This general lack of transparency contrasts with the progress seen in the United States and Europe, inside and outside the oil and gas sector. In 2021, several large US issuers, including Exxon Mobil, published standalone reports review the alignment of their trade association memberships with Paris ambition in response to investor pressure. Information about a company’s approach to climate, including its position, policy and commitment, is the first step towards transparency.

Climate-conscious investors want and need to understand how companies are positioning themselves on climate issues, especially in relation to the Paris Agreement. A pathway, including lobbying activity, consistent with a 1.5°C limit on global temperature rise is only possible if the private sector – particularly those actors who contribute the most to global warming, namely oil and gas companies – redirects their lobbying efforts towards actively supporting aggressive government action to stop the worst impacts of climate change.

Sarah Couturier-Tanoh is the Head of Shareholder Engagement and Advocacy at the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE). Jennifer Story is Associate Director of Climate Advocacy at SHARE.

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Education Sector – Humanitarian Program Cycle (HPC) 2022 – Gender Mainstreaming Strategy and Project Portfolios Guidance Note, Final Copy – November 2021 – Nigeria https://the-education-store.com/education-sector-humanitarian-program-cycle-hpc-2022-gender-mainstreaming-strategy-and-project-portfolios-guidance-note-final-copy-november-2021-nigeria/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 11:43:18 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/education-sector-humanitarian-program-cycle-hpc-2022-gender-mainstreaming-strategy-and-project-portfolios-guidance-note-final-copy-november-2021-nigeria/ Attachments The content of this note is to support the education sector and its partners to mainstream and integrate gender considerations into sector strategy and project design, implementation and monitoring. The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria has severely affected education with an uncertain future for out-of-school children. The Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) for the 2020 Humanitarian […]]]>

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The content of this note is to support the education sector and its partners to mainstream and integrate gender considerations into sector strategy and project design, implementation and monitoring.

The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria has severely affected education with an uncertain future for out-of-school children. The Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) for the 2020 Humanitarian Program Cycle (HPC) showed that 935 schools were closed and more than 1.4 million girls and nearly 1.3 million boys were out of school and faced an uncertain future without an education. In these circumstances, parents may not see the point of sending their children to school due to a lack of continuity, as well as due to their survival needs. In addition, social norms around marriage and girls’ education also remain powerful drivers of harmful practices and violence against women and girls – girls are the first to be taken out of school in because of the gender norm. Given these and other factors, it is important that conflict-affected children and adolescents have access to quality, inclusive primary education and vocational skills opportunities in a safe learning environment; and receive quality, conflict-sensitive educational services to improve their learning outcomes with resilience. Therefore, to mainstream and mainstream these and other gender considerations, the education sector strategy and partner projects should implement the following:

▪ In the construction and/or operation of learning centers, ensure that site plans take into account the needs of girls and boys in school facilities (e.g. privacy, access) and build spaces that help girls and boys attend school.
▪ Identify and address root causes that exclude girls and boys (gender restrictions) from attending school. Address the impact of cultural and religious pressures/norms on girls’ and boys’ school attendance and prioritize funds accordingly.
▪ Integrate gender and age analysis into project monitoring and reporting.
▪ Review existing policies/programs to ensure specific consideration of gender and inclusion.

Some education sector key performance indicators (KPIs) should be dedicated to measuring manifestations of gender inequality (such as lower retention rates of girls in education than boys), or they could refer to the impact of a lack of provision of basic education services on girls and boys (women and men).

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Retired Public Sector Educators Launch FERS Planning and Training Platform https://the-education-store.com/retired-public-sector-educators-launch-fers-planning-and-training-platform/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 14:43:00 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/retired-public-sector-educators-launch-fers-planning-and-training-platform/ Public Sector Retirement Educators has launched an ADA-compliant online platform that provides federal employees at all levels of government with remote retirement education and a variety of recognized resources. Scottsdale, Ariz.–(Newsfile Corp. – Sept. 11, 2022) – Public Sector Retirement Educators (PSRE) has launched an FERS retirement training platform, as part of its mission to […]]]>

Public Sector Retirement Educators has launched an ADA-compliant online platform that provides federal employees at all levels of government with remote retirement education and a variety of recognized resources.

Scottsdale, Ariz.–(Newsfile Corp. – Sept. 11, 2022) – Public Sector Retirement Educators (PSRE) has launched an FERS retirement training platform, as part of its mission to educate federal employees on how they can live a more fulfilled life in retirement. This virtual distance learning is in addition to the current services provided, including in-person workshops and e-learning materials.

The Retired Public Sector Educators website has more information on pre-retirement training for federal employees.

Retired Public Sector Educators Launch FERS Planning and Training Platform

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The new Public Sector Retirement Educators platform is a comprehensive educational resource for federal employees across the United States who are considering retirement. PSRE offers pre-recorded webinars, learning materials, and other content at various levels, including half-day, full-day, and two-day sessions.

Although common options such as 401(k) do not apply to federal employees, the PSRE can help them prepare for retirement through various Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) programs. This includes social security benefits from FERS, retirement plans and the Thrift Savings Plan.

The team of retired public sector educators retired federal advisers provides comprehensive resources on pre-retirement planning through training sessions and expert-designed learning materials. This includes information on strategic planning for FERS programs, recommendations on Thrift savings plans, and more.

The company’s pre-retirement webinars offer pre-recorded sessions featuring all of the content from the in-person workshops. Its new training platform is also ADA compliant, facilitating accessibility for people with disabilities.

With the latest launch, Public Sector Retirement Educators is providing a range of educational materials and delivering retirement planning training to federal employees and federal agencies across the United States. Its team includes HR managers and subject matter experts located across the country, providing qualified services FERS retirement training.

A spokesperson said, “At Public Sector Retirement Educators, we offer online training in multiple formats to meet the needs of retired federal employees. We can create a custom experience for federal agencies and meet the specific needs of your office. , your professional organization or your union We also regularly add new programs and provide ongoing training to our affiliates to ensure they are aware of any changes to your benefits.

More information on Public Sector Retirement Educators can be found on the website.

Contact information:
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Email: info@psreducators.com
Organization: Retired Public Sector Educators (PSRE)
Address: 10869 N Scottsdale Rd Suite 103, Scottsdale, Arizona 85254, USA
Phone: +1-888-919-3252
Website: https://www.PSReducators.com/

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Roger Kurian’s Successful IT Career Explained https://the-education-store.com/roger-kurians-successful-it-career-explained/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 02:50:33 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/roger-kurians-successful-it-career-explained/ Today, competition is fierce in the IT industry, which means you need to be highly skilled and competitive to succeed. Although not an easy task, it was a challenge that Roger Kurian was ready to take. With over 25 years of experience in building his career in the IT industry, Roger Kurian started his career […]]]>

Today, competition is fierce in the IT industry, which means you need to be highly skilled and competitive to succeed. Although not an easy task, it was a challenge that Roger Kurian was ready to take.

With over 25 years of experience in building his career in the IT industry, Roger Kurian started his career in IT and Computer Science at the University of Bombay in India. There, Kurian earned his undergraduate degree, noting that he was an outstanding candidate.

Roger Kurian then pursued higher education and obtained a master’s degree. Due to his excellent grades and relentless work ethic, Kurian applied and was accepted to the Masters in Computer Science program at Kent State University in Ohio.

Kurian remembers having to take the GRE exam, otherwise known as the Graduate Record Examination, in order to come to America to get his master’s degree.

Roger Kurian also later discovered that he was awarded the GRE Certificate of Honor for achieving the highest score in the experimental section of the GRE in the world, for people who took the GRE that year.

Kurian’s success continued when he continued his master’s studies. Successfully defending her fascinating thesis, she was later published on the University of Kent website.

“It was called benefits for managing the use of GQM,” Kurian explains.

For his thesis and presentation, Kurian received various accolades. This, however, was only the beginning of Roger Kurian’s successful career in the IT industry. He knew he had more to give and more to achieve, and he was excited for the next steps in his career.

Throughout Roger Kurian’s school years. He has worked towards obtaining numerous certifications, some of which are CSF, CSM and CSPO. He also got his real estate license and worked part-time in real estate. After graduating, Kurian started climbing the corporate ladder, spanning all industries.

Detailing his background, Kurian says he has over 25 years of IT experience. 15 of those years have been in the financial industry.

“I’ve worked for JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, Citi Group, Stanford Financial and more.”

Roger Kurian also has over six years of experience in the oil and gas sector, working with Shell. Add to that four years of healthcare experience and four years of energy and utility experience, and Kurian has become a highly sought-after candidate.

One of the projects that Roger Kurian is still proud to have worked on is called ARM. It is a product that stands for Asset and Resource Management. As Key Engagement Manager, Vendor, Program and Project Manager, Kurian was responsible for implementing this product across North America.

The product is not used successfully by approximately 62% of utility companies in North America, and Kurian is proud to know that he helped bring such a useful product to market.

Companies like Dominion Electric, Louisville Gas and Electric (LGE), and Duke Energy are all implementing the product.

Throughout his experience in the IT industry, Roger Kurian has had many successes, but getting there has not been easy.

A piece of advice from Roger Kurian is: “It’s always important to take small steps and learn the ropes.”

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US Agencies Warn About ‘Vice Society’ Ransomware Gang Targeting Education Sector https://the-education-store.com/us-agencies-warn-about-vice-society-ransomware-gang-targeting-education-sector/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 12:33:11 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/us-agencies-warn-about-vice-society-ransomware-gang-targeting-education-sector/ The FBI, CISA and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) are sounding the alarm over increased targeting of a ransomware gang on the education sector. In a joint advisory this week, the three agencies warn that a threat actor identified as “Vice Society” has “disproportionately targeted the education sector with ransomware attacks.” Ransomware […]]]>

The FBI, CISA and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) are sounding the alarm over increased targeting of a ransomware gang on the education sector.

In a joint advisory this week, the three agencies warn that a threat actor identified as “Vice Society” has “disproportionately targeted the education sector with ransomware attacks.”

Ransomware attacks targeting the education sector, particularly K-12, are not uncommon, and U.S. government agencies expect an increase in attacks as the 2022/2023 school year begins .

“School districts with limited cybersecurity capabilities and limited resources are often the most vulnerable; however, the opportunistic targeting often seen with cybercriminals can still put school districts with robust cybersecurity programs at risk,” said the advisory bed.

The advisory was released the same day a huge Los Angeles school district was hit by a ransomware attack that caused an unprecedented shutdown of its IT systems.

The impact of ransomware attacks on K-12 schools can range from the cancellation of school days to restricted access to data, delays in exams and the theft of students’ personal information. and to staff.

“Kindergarten through 12th grade schools may be considered particularly lucrative targets due to the amount of sensitive student data accessible through school systems or their managed service providers,” state the FBI, CISA and the MS-ISAC.

Active since the summer of 2021, Vice Society is a hacking group that engages in intrusion, data exfiltration, and extortion, and uses various ransomware families, including versions of Hello Kitty/ Five Hands and Zeppelin ransomware, the joint advisory reads.

Vice Society is likely gaining access to targeted networks via compromised credentials by exploiting web-accessible applications. Then tools like SystemBC, PowerShell Empire, and Cobalt Strike are used for lateral movement.

Before deploying the ransomware, the adversary explores the hacked network to identify and exfiltrate data of interest, which is then used to pressure the victim into paying a ransom.

The threat actor exploited the PrintNightmare vulnerabilities (CVE-2021-1675 and CVE-2021-34527) for elevation of privilege and the use of scheduled tasks and autostart registry keys for persistence.

The hacking group also uses DLL sideloading and attempts to evade detection by using process injection and masquerading their malware as legitimate files.

“Vice Society actors have been observed increasing privileges, then accessing domain administrator accounts and running scripts to change victim network account passwords to prevent the victim from remedying,” the reports say. US agencies.

Organizations are advised to keep offline backups of data, encrypt backups, monitor external remote connections, restrict execution of unknown programs, implement multi-factor authentication, audit accounts users, implement network segmentation, monitor abnormal activity, disable unused ports, keep systems and applications updated, and implement a recovery plan.

Related: CISA and FBI Warn Organizations of Zeppelin Ransomware Attacks

Related: CISA and FBI issue warnings about WhisperGate and HermeticWiper attacks

Related: CISA and FBI warn of potential attacks on critical infrastructure during the holidays

Ionut Argire is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek.

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Waqf has initiated work on formulating a new education sector policy: Dr Darakhshan https://the-education-store.com/waqf-has-initiated-work-on-formulating-a-new-education-sector-policy-dr-darakhshan/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 19:43:25 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/waqf-has-initiated-work-on-formulating-a-new-education-sector-policy-dr-darakhshan/ Waqf has initiated work on formulating a new education sector policy: Dr Darakhshan posted on 06 Sep 2022 | Author RK News Srinagar, 05 September: Chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Waqf Council, Dr. DarakhshanAndrabi, on Monday attended the National Teachers’ Day celebrations held at MantaquiWaqf Higher Secondary School in Awantipora, where […]]]>


Waqf has initiated work on formulating a new education sector policy: Dr Darakhshan


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Srinagar, 05 September: Chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Waqf Council, Dr. DarakhshanAndrabi, on Monday attended the National Teachers’ Day celebrations held at MantaquiWaqf Higher Secondary School in Awantipora, where a one-day grand function took place. was organized by the Council’s Education Department.

Chief Executive Officer of the Board, Dr Syed Maajid Jahangir and Megistrate Ishtiyaq Mohiuddin were the guests of honour.

Dr. DarakhshanAndrabi congratulated the participants and thanked the school administration for this wonderful event dedicated to teachers.

In his speech, Dr. DarakhshanAndrabi said that every successful person remains indebted to the role of his teachers in his life. “Our society needs to change the collective attitude towards the community of our teachers for a better environment where our young students instill the core values ​​of respect for guides and teachers in their lives so that they can become better citizens later on”, said Dr. DarakhshanAndrabi. She said that teachers not only teach us how to achieve mastery of subjects, but also teach us the intricacies of life, teach us the mantra of coexistence which is indispensable for a developed progressive society. “Books educate us but teachers give us knowledge, books teach us formal education but teachers educate us on its usefulness to evolve as good human beings,” the Waqf council chairman said.

She insisted that teachers rededicate themselves to the spirit of human upbringing and character building and impart true open-minded approaches to students so that they become the ambassadors of good will of the future world. “The Council has started work on a new education policy and after it is formulated, the Waqf education sector will be reframed so that we are able to upgrade the education sector associated with the organization,” Dr Andrabi said.

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Imperative reforms for an underperforming public sector https://the-education-store.com/imperative-reforms-for-an-underperforming-public-sector/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 19:23:29 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/imperative-reforms-for-an-underperforming-public-sector/ The hot topic in the country is the restructuring of loss-making state enterprises. Although all citizens (with the exception of civil servants) know that the efficiency of the public sector is well below standards, the Sri Lankan civil service is not only inefficient, but also corrupt and very deficit, and by therefore brutally wastes public […]]]>

The hot topic in the country is the restructuring of loss-making state enterprises. Although all citizens (with the exception of civil servants) know that the efficiency of the public sector is well below standards, the Sri Lankan civil service is not only inefficient, but also corrupt and very deficit, and by therefore brutally wastes public resources.

Although recent statements by President Wickremesinghe and the Secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration about civil servants have come under heavy criticism from civil servants themselves, the bitter truth is that they are not working to their full potential.

Despite the time and again efforts of lawmakers to introduce rules and regulations, even a fraction of the overall efficiency has not changed over the past decades. The entire civil service is totally disjointed, the staff are untrained and their general attitude is anti-social. The moral and ethical standards of public service remain unchanged despite the pervasive negative public opinion.

Require a job

Sri Lanka is perhaps the only country where state university graduates pass out after a free education of around seventeen years or more and apply for government jobs.

They categorize them as intellectuals, yet despite the realization that the civil service is overcrowded and unbearably expensive for taxpayers, they pressure governments for civil service jobs.

According to the opinion of many rational thinkers, the main reason for the enthusiasm of graduates for government jobs is the feeling of ease of functionality in such a job. Even those in lucrative private sector jobs continue to apply for public service despite rewarding private sector opportunities. This phenomenon itself reflects the level of efficiency of the country’s civil service.

There is no doubt that a country needs a well-functioning public service sector. The civil service of any country provides essential services to people in a specific jurisdiction. These services are provided either directly by the government or by designated semi-governmental institutions through government-established public corporations or enterprises.

Country infrastructure

Therefore, the importance of civil servants cannot be overstated. By all means, the public service and its workforce are of paramount importance to the functioning of the country. They are responsible for maintaining the country’s infrastructure, protecting the environment, strengthening the economy, ensuring access to education, etc.

Any average person does not dispute this factor. Yet the complaint of nearly every ordinary citizen is that, despite the important responsibilities outlined above, the vast majority of the public service underperforms and grossly neglects its duties.

No one this writer has spoken to recently on the subject has expressed a positive opinion about the overall performance of any of the public offices he has visited, including this writer, everyone had a bad experience regardless the task they went to accomplish.

In fairness, sometimes there are places where public officials provide services to people quickly and cordially. In this author’s opinion, based on experience, the office of the medical officer of health is one of the few government offices that provides good service to the public.

Recently, charges and counter-charges have been leveled against each other in Parliament by government and opposition politicians for increasing the number of civil servants to intolerable levels from one million to 1.7 million over the past 15 years.

However, the general public is aware that, like state enterprises, the civil service is also a breeding ground for political henchmen. During a recent television appearance, the secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration revealed that only minor positions are filled without competition.

Even this information does not seem genuine as this writer has come across even middle and senior level officials who exist in the joined service without competition but merely political influence.

There is ample evidence that even minor civil service jobs have historically been created on the whims and whims of politicians. Although precise numbers are not available to the public, it is no secret that such “small employees” are flooded into the public sector, possibly numbering in the millions.

The vast majority of these workers have been appointed by politicians, especially ministers, in every government over the past decades, from their respective constituencies. The only intention of these dubious politicians is to protect their electoral base.

The current inefficiency of the civil service in Sri Lanka is due to many reasons. The first and main reasons are the resistance to any reform, the new operating system and the lack of empathy of most public sector workers.

Whenever there is an attempt to change any of these, unions invariably use heavy-handed tactics to threaten the government in power.

Their basic strategy is to mislead the general public into believing that the government is trying something suspicious. If the government does not respond to their demands, they enter into demonstrations, strikes or any other type of campaign. The irony is that when there is resistance action from the government, they come together, regardless of all kinds of political differences.

Another important reason for inefficiency in the public sector is the non-availability of leadership efforts to perform effectively to maximize results. Most often, the hierarchical framework is such that the leader himself came to a higher position in the service with a long period of service.

In such a scenario, even the leaders have no motivation to drive their subordinates to performance and productivity. They invariably avoid putting pressure on lower-ranking staff to perform better. In public sector institutions, there are no owners to direct the workforce, and the sense of ownership or responsibility is minimal. They also have no non-performance worries as they have guaranteed salaries no matter what happens to the country’s economy.

As there is no risk of bankruptcy, as in the private sector, where the threat of job losses exists in such a situation. For example, the entire public sector received full salaries during the period of Covid-19 and the ensuing financial crisis, whether they worked or stayed at home.

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Unlike the private sector, although public service inputs can be quantified, there is no mechanism to measure outputs. This fact relieves the pressure of accountability on officials. In some cases, even though they have to submit reports periodically, these are just documents whose accuracy or authenticity are usually never verified.

There is an urgent need in the country for urgent public sector reforms at this crucial time in Sri Lanka’s history. As attempted in 1997, evaluations of the performance and aptitude of civil servants linked to annual increases and promotions must be carried out without delay, even if it will be difficult to convince them. To implement such programs, very strong political leadership is needed, with no expectation of future votes.

The current government is heavily burdened, more than any other government in the past, by a severe economic crisis, shortage of foreign exchange, unemployment, loss of existing jobs, reduction of poverty and elimination of corruption. Therefore, civil servants must be convinced that the country needs them more than ever and that their commitment is necessary to recover.

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Highlighting the role and importance of the skills sector for employment, income generation and empowerment – ​​Latest News – The Nation https://the-education-store.com/highlighting-the-role-and-importance-of-the-skills-sector-for-employment-income-generation-and-empowerment-latest-news-the-nation/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 00:34:02 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/highlighting-the-role-and-importance-of-the-skills-sector-for-employment-income-generation-and-empowerment-latest-news-the-nation/ ISLAMABAD – A China-Pakistan Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Cooperation and Development Seminar was held alongside the kick-off ceremony of the China-Pakistan Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) series of activities China-Pakistan TVET at the Embassy of Pakistan in China.NAVTTC Executive Director Sajid Baloch addressed the International Seminar on Vocational Education and […]]]>

ISLAMABAD – A China-Pakistan Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Cooperation and Development Seminar was held alongside the kick-off ceremony of the China-Pakistan Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) series of activities China-Pakistan TVET at the Embassy of Pakistan in China.
NAVTTC Executive Director Sajid Baloch addressed the International Seminar on Vocational Education and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
He highlighted the role and importance of the skills sector for employment, income generation and empowerment.
Technical and vocational education and skills development are recognized globally as the key to reducing poverty, achieving sustainable economic development, peace and prosperity.
The Government of Pakistan is fully committed to human resource development and skills development. The largest initiative of the “Prime Minister’s Youth Skills Development Program” is carried out by the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC). The main focus is on high-tech skills, computer skills such as artificial intelligence, e-commerce, graphic design, robotics, cybersecurity, hospitality, etc., he said. .
In addition, the government has just approved a new project to establish 250 VTI vocational training institutes across Pakistan. Many of these new VTIs will also serve as joint testing and certification centers for the NAVTTC-TAKAMOL Credential Verification Program in Saudi Arabia to test and certify qualified potential Pakistani emigrants for Saudi Arabia.
The government is committed to providing employment to over one million skilled workers, for the local and international labor market and to improving the socio-economic status of 1.67 million family members through the provision income-generating skills in demand, Baloch said.
According to Mr. Sajid Baloch, NAVTTC contributes to the development of national human resources and has generated a large number of jobs for skilled young people, both overseas and domestically, for the benefit of individuals as well as the national economy.
The government is focusing on imparting quality and demand-driven skills among the youth and NAVTTC under the leadership of the Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Mr. Rana Tanveer Hussain, NAVTTC has taken many steps to organize the skills and the TVET system of the country on modern lines, and provides high-end training, in accordance with international standards.
NAVTTC has trained 379,350 young people as Certified Skilled Professionals, 71% of whom are employed in the labor market. 40,361 young people were trained in high-tech skills, eg artificial intelligence, robotics, cybersecurity and IT.
NAVTTC has developed the National Skills Information System (NSIS) to provide data management of qualified trainees.
NAVTTC also created the National Job Exchange Tool (NEXT) and Job Portal with a database of 4,00,000 certified skilled youth and 3,00,000 jobs from 700 employers available in real time. 46,725 skilled workers have been certified and onboarded through RPL (recognition of prior learning) and the National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NVQF). NAVTTC has developed 200 qualifications.
The Executive Director said that NAVTTC is making every effort to bridge the gap between demand and supply of skilled labor in Pakistan and the Government of Pakistan intends to take full advantage of learning thanks to the rich experience of developing countries like China in all areas of the economy. , particularly in the sector of technical and vocational education and skills.

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US private sector job growth well below estimates in August https://the-education-store.com/us-private-sector-job-growth-well-below-estimates-in-august/ Wed, 31 Aug 2022 14:02:00 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/us-private-sector-job-growth-well-below-estimates-in-august/ Payroll processor ADP released a report on Wednesday showing private sector employment in the United States grew much less than expected in August. ADP said private sector employment rose 132,000 jobs in August after jumping 268,000 jobs in July. Economists expected an employment increase of 288,000 jobs. “Our data suggests a shift to a more […]]]>

Payroll processor ADP released a report on Wednesday showing private sector employment in the United States grew much less than expected in August.

ADP said private sector employment rose 132,000 jobs in August after jumping 268,000 jobs in July. Economists expected an employment increase of 288,000 jobs.

“Our data suggests a shift to a more conservative pace of hiring, perhaps as companies try to decipher the economy‘s mixed signals,” said ADP chief economist Nela Richardson. “We could be at an inflection point, from supercharged job gains to something more normal.”

ADP suspended its jobs report for June and July as the company revamped its methodology and entered into a partnership with the Stanford Digital Economy Lab.

The relatively modest increase in employment in August reflects notable employment growth in the leisure and hospitality sector, which added 96,000 jobs.

Employment in the trade, transport and utilities sector also increased by 54,000 jobs, while the report showed modest declines in employment in financial, professional and Company service and education and health service sectors.

The report also showed that employment in the goods-producing sector increased by 23,000 jobs, with employment in the manufacturing sector increasing by 21,000 jobs and employment in the construction sector by 2,000. jobs.

Employment in small establishments increased by 25,000 jobs, while medium and large establishments added 53,000 jobs and 54,000 jobs, respectively.

ADP also said the year-over-year change in annual earnings was 7.6% in August, consistent with monthly readings since spring 2022.

On Friday, the Labor Department is expected to release its more closely watched monthly jobs report, which includes public and private sector jobs.

Economists currently expect employment to jump 300,000 jobs in August after rising 528,000 jobs in July, while the unemployment rate is expected to remain at 3.5%.

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