People with disabilities protest for job opportunities
The Journalists' Syndicate - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A number of people with disabilities staged a protest outside the headquarters of the Journalists’ Syndicate, calling for providing job opportunities, Youm7 reported.

The protesters called for announcing the results of a competition of providing 5,000 jobs in state public institutions for the people with special needs.

Per a decision from the Cabinet, the Egyptian Central Agency for Organization and Administration has announced in May a competition; more than 150,000 persons have applied for the competition over 30 days; however, the results of the competition have yet been announced due to revealing some of applicants forged their papers.

The newly passed controversial Civil Service Law stipulates that 5 percent of the public jobs shall go to the people with special needs.

In December 2014, the Cabinet announced it was planning to provide consolidated services to persons with special needs, as guaranteed by the 2014 constitution.

According to statements by former Minister of Health Maha Rabat in 2014, the actual number of people with disabilities in Egypt, per the World Health Organization statistics, is 9 million. The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics reports only 500,000, while other civil society organizations report up to 15 million.

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