Topic: Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
7. “No responsibility of the government is more fundamental than the responsibility of maintaining the higher standards of ethical behaviour”. Comment. (250 words)
Reference: Ethics, Integrity and aptitude by Lexicon Publications
Why the question:
The question is premised the concept of probity in governance.
Key Demand of the question:
One is expected to explain in detail the quote, its meaning and its relevance as of today in governance.
Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Structure of the answer:
Start by explaining what you understand by probity in governance.
Probity means “the quality or condition of having strong moral principles, integrity, good character, honesty, decency”. It is the act of adhering to the highest principles and ideals rather than avoiding corrupt or dishonest conduct. It balances service to the community against the self-interest of individuals.
Explain then why probity is importance according to the quote in question; Probity has been described as a risk management approach ensuring procedural integrity. It is concerned with procedures, processes and systems rather than outcomes. The best probity processes do not however guarantee a Board will be immune from problems or criticism. It requires that Boards act ethically, impartially, honestly and with fairness.
Conclude with relevance of quote, one can end with suitable example.