New graduates do not have the experience

Letters, Normal

The National, Monday July 8th, 2013

 DOUGLAS Gilichibi’s opinion is much appreciated (May 29).

However, the thinking that old servants are not worth much must not go unchallenged because most of the new graduates coming through lack the wisdom and experience.

Old public servants are more disciplined and transparent. 

Old public servants are hardly ever suspended or terminated for misappropriation or stealing.

It is lawful for people under the age of 75 to hold public office as long as they are of sound mind.

The companies or the government sees the old servants as assets and not liabilities.

Companies or the government do not want to waste time and money training new graduates.

Just try and remember that some of these veterans are highly educated and the government or companies find it hard to replace their experience.

I am a graduate who works under an old servant who is my mentor. 

He has a university degree, trained in Australia and was with the colonial administration up until independence. 

He has seen the changes that the country has gone through. 

He possesses a great wealth of knowledge, skills, experience and wisdom. 

I understand your concern to solve the poverty and unemployment problems in PNG by creating employment for new graduates. 

It is good to see an educated Papua New Guinean can think that way. 

However, these are global issues that do not get solved overnight.

You only think of replacing old servants because they are only a handful. 

If you are desperate for a job then, I suggest you think global and not local.


Norman Icy