Topic– Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems;
ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations
and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance;
strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international
relations and funding; corporate governance.
7) There is a need to be impartial and demonstrate impartiality in public service.Discuss.(250 words)
Structure of the answer
Introduction– write a few introductory lines about the meaning and scope of impartiality.
Discuss the importance of impartiality. E.g a public servant is the agent of the government and works ultimately to fulfill the ideals and aspirations of the constitution. A public servant possess control of public resources and an act of favoritism or bias may lead to undue advantages to one person/ entity and even corruption; Impartiality places objectivity above personal preferences and bias and improves efficiency of public service delivery etc.
Discuss the need to demonstrate impartiality. E.g it creates a favourable and positive image among the fellow civil servants and citizens, thereby enhancing capacity to make decisions and implement them; it prevents employee dissatisfaction with you and the organization etc.
Discuss how to demonstrate impartiality. E.g
making decisions and providing advice on merit and without bias, caprice, favouritism or self-interest;
acting fairly by objectively considering all relevant facts and fair criteria;
implementing Government policies and programs equitably.
Not accepting gifts and favours, except of small economic value offered as courtesy etc.
Conclusion– based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.