CSC eyes bi-annual online exams

Published October 8, 2020, 12:00 PM

by Noreen Jazul

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is eyeing to conduct its bi-annual examinations online.

Civil Service Commission (CSC) (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

CSC Commissioner Aileen Lizada in an interview with DZMM Teleradyo Thursday said the commission is already discussing how it can conduct the civil service exams online.

“We just had our commission meeting and we are one in the commission in going towards the new normal, gusto natin maging online ‘yung exams (we want the exams to be online),” Lizada said.

Lizada said given the circumstances, and the different protocols in place, it will be difficult for the commission to conduct the usual pen and paper test.

Lizada said more than 200,000 people take the civil service exams held twice a year. Last March, the commission chair said CSC recorded the highest number of examinees at 290,000.

“We are not under normal times, and therefore we must adopt,” she said, adding that CSC’s 120th anniversary theme is digitization.

Lizada said from October to December the CSC will be discussing with its regional offices, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EDI), the Professional Regulation Commission, and companies which can help the commission in its transition to digital examinations.

Lizada said the online exams will “definitely” be implemented by next year.

The CSC commissioner meanwhile assured the public of the exam’s integrity.

“Merong mga protocols that will be observed during the online exam. We will definitely ensure that the protocols will be there to ensure the integrity of the exam,” Lizada said.

“Let’s say you would be given a link that is only unique to you, so ikaw lang ang makakakita noon (you’re the only one who will see the link), and it’s supposed to be time bounded,” Lizada cited as an example of ways the CSC can ensure the integrity of its exams.

In terms of exam cost, Lizada said the CSC will consider “what is favorable to the general public.”