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Govt. failing with disability targets

Most state departments have failed to meet the target of employing people with disabilities.

Most state departments have failed to meet the target of employing people with disabilities.

CAPE TOWN - The Public Service and Administration Department on Wednesday conceded most government ministries were falling short of employing people with disabilities.

In 2000, government set a target of having at least two percent of state workers being people with disabilities.

Only seven government departments have achieved the target.

The department's Kenny Govender said this was not good enough.

In total, the state only achieved 0.3 percent of its target which was set 13 years ago.

However, some departments exceeded the two percent target.

Meanwhile, a presentation by the Basic Education Department showed 80 percent of all teachers at schools for the blind were not properly trained.

Just two out of a total of 22 schools can produce braille learning material for pupils.