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Morris wants gov't policy favouring employment of people with disabilities

Published:Friday | December 9, 2016 | 12:55 PM
Morris ... the current public policy that asks for five per cent of jobs in the public sector to go towards persons with disabilities is not working.

Jovan Johnson, Parliamentary Reporter

Opposition Senator Floyd Morris wants the Government to consider implementing affirmative action to get more persons with disabilities employed in the public and private sectors.

Affirmative action favours people who tend to suffer from discrimination.

Morris, who is blind, made the recommendation this morning as he opened a debate in the Senate on his private motion calling for the promotion of employment for disabled persons.

He argued that the current public policy that asks for five per cent of jobs in the public sector to go towards persons with disabilities is not working.

Morris also said the education system and management in the public sector should be reformed to promote a transformative approach to deal with persons with disabilities.

Earlier this year, the National Youth Service admitted that it was facing problems from some private sector entities in employing persons with disabilities for the summer work programme.

To fix that issue, Senator Morris said the Government should consider providing incentives to private sector players.

Last month, a blind representative in the National Youth Parliament said the employment of disabled people was also being affected by a lack of an accommodating environment at most tertiary education institutions.

The Senate has approved the motion.