I bet many of us didn't know the government was doing this even if we could observe that they were fond of copying private sector practices. It was a stupid idea. Can't they see it at the beginning? It is no different from Economics suffering from Physics envy, and the government afflicted with private sector worship.
This is the result of losing one's common sense which the Old Guard had in abundance. It is also the inescapable consequence of civil servants who are only comfortable with thinking in models they learned from universities. Our real life problems had required them to roll up their sleeves to understand in situ what the challenges were and fashion solutions. We spent so much on their education and than we stifle them with all these inflexible models and cuffed them with KPIs that they cannot escape except by resigning from the service.
No wonder the smartest ones leave, and the even smarter ones reject PSC scholarships.