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Civil servants could make up for C with A: official

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

A proposal to overhaul the civil service evaluation system so civil servants who receive evaluations of “C” or below three times within 10 years lose their jobs will be revised to allow staff to earn merits and offset bad evaluations, an Examination Yuan official said Wednesday.

Minister of Civil Service Chang Che-chen (張哲琛) made the remarks after the Examination Yuan’s original proposal for amendments to the Civil Servants Evaluation Act (公務人員考績法) drew sharp criticism earlier in the month for a stringent 3 percent grade-C quota.

The proposal requires that at least 3 percent of staff at government agencies be given a C in annual evaluations and that employees who receive Cs three times during their career be dismissed or forced into early retirement.

The Examination Yuan decided to include an atonement system to allow civil servants with ratings of C or below to earn merits that they can use to offset bad grades after the concept was broached by academics at a recent public legislative hearing, Chang said.

Noting that Examination Yuan President John Kuan (關中) agreed with the idea, Chang said the ministry was mapping out how to implement the idea.

Under the merit system, civil servants can offset a C rating with one “excellent” or three consecutive “A” ratings. At present, the performance of civil servants is evaluated on a five-scale system consisting of A to D and an “excellent” rating.

The Examination Yuan will hold a review session to discuss the revised evaluation proposal, Chang said.

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