Despite the existing five percent quota for the disabled people in government service, many feel discouraged to apply for the jobs in lack of supportive infrastructure and friendly-policies, even if they find themselves competent for the jobs, lament concerned youths.
Recently, the Teachers’ Service Commission opened vacancies for 3,200 teachers with some seats reserved for the disabled. The teachers’ exam is to begin from June 26.
But the provision to get someone approved to write answers for them in the exams from the Regional Directorate has left many disabled in dilemma, said Kaladhar Bhandari, chairperson of Blind Youth Association Nepal.
For example, many disabled in Sindhupalchowk district would simply be unwilling or incapable to undergo the hassles of traveling to the Regional Directorate in Hetauda to get the approval, said Bhandari. Likewise, the exam centers lack disabled-friendly infrastructure which creates problem for the physically challenged, he added.
Raising these issues at the TSC, the association has asked the authority to amend the provision so that more disabled can participate in the service exam. On Monday, a delegation of the blind youths met the TSC’s Chairperson Uday Raj Soti to consider the problem.
“The TSC is sensitive toward the problem of the disabled. Their problem will be addressed soon,” Soti assured the group.
The TSC Chief has also agreed on coordinating with the district based offices on approving the scribes for disabled from district education offices.
Regarding the physical infrastructure of the exam centers, the TSC has shown sensibility to guarantee relatively comfortable environment for the examinees.
The ground floor of the building, the exam halls near the toilet is preferred by the disabled for their mobility, said Bhandari.