Ombudswoman Maria Stylianou-Lottides is calling on the public services commission to make the necessary exam adjustments for people with hearing and other disabilities that would allow them to compete on an equal footing for jobs vacancies.
Following a complaint to her office by a group of people with hearing difficulties who felt no allowances had been made for them when they applied for promotion within the postal services’ sorting department in 2019 when they failed the exams.
Lottides investigation found that no “reasonable adjustments” had been made to their exams that would take account of their hearing impairments. They also asked for changes to be made by November this year when the next round of exams is scheduled so that they can compete on an equal footing. This they had suggested should involve differentiating the exam essays, and their ultimate evaluations.
Lottides said said her suggestions were based on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities , which recommends that for people with hearing or other disabilities, equal opportunities for professional advancement and development can be provided with individual measures of reasonable adjustment.
As part of its recommendation, it states that the public sector should take individualised measures, including essay differentiation, in examinations for promotion purposes in order to remove obstacles and ensure equal treatment.