China recruits civil servants in a fair way, via examinations: gov't statement

16:48, January 19, 2011      

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China recruits its civil servants in a fair way, through examination, especially since enacting its first law on civil servants five years ago, the State Administration of Civil Service (SACS) said Wednesday.

Party and government organs at all levels have recruited nearly 800,000 talented people from 14 million exam-takers, according to a SACS statement.

China enacted the Civil Servant Law in 2005 to improve its civil servant system. The law defined officials' rights and responsibilities.

The law, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2006, stipulates that all public servants be recruited through just, open and fair examination.

After five years of work, central and local government departments have established mechanisms to organize regular examinations.

Many talented people have been recruited as civil servants.

More than 70 percent of the civil servants recruited in 2010 had earned at least a bachelor degree.

Among those recruited by the central government departments, over 90 percent came from ordinary families, with their parents either workers, farmers, teachers, doctors or engineers.

China has strived to ensure fair examinations, including by canceling household registration, or "hukou," restrictions on exam-takers.

It has pursued a transparent policy in its recruitment processes, the statement said.

The SACS stresses open selection and competition in the appointment of cadres.

Of the public servants promoted to posts in the past five years, about 20 percent were selected through open competition, said the statement.

At least one third of civil servant promotions will be decided through competition by 2015, the statement said.

The training of public servants has also received much attention, with more than 6 million personnel receiving training in the past five years, the statement said.

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