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THE STATUS OF VOCATIONAL TRANING PROGRAMS FOR THE DISABLED PERSONS IN PAKISTAN

Sajjad, Shahida (2004) THE STATUS OF VOCATIONAL TRANING PROGRAMS FOR THE DISABLED PERSONS IN PAKISTAN. PhD thesis, University of Karachi, Karachi.

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This research study has been designed to investigate the current status of vocational training programs for the disabled persons in Pakistan. The study observed the vocational training facilities, market demand for and placement of disabled persons. The data was collected with the help of structured questionnaire from 62 special schools of visually impaired, hearing impaired, mentally retarded and physically handicapped in Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Islamabad, and selected through purposive sampling. One hundred disabled students were also selected through random sampling to record their vocational plans, vocational aspirations, knowledge of job requirement and their school program of vocational training. Sixty employers were also interviewed to known the status of disabled persons employed in their organizations, implementation of 1% quota reserved for disabled, nature and environment of job for disabled employees, performance of disabled employees, and the attitude of employers towards disabled employees. Twenty disabled employees were also interviewed to known about their job preparation, job adjustment and job satisfaction. Hypotheses were tested through percentage method and Chi-square method, and the results were interpreted and findings were compiled to give a clear picture of study The results of the study indicate that most of the special school were offering only pre-vocational training programs and few schools were offering vocational courses. The reason for providing vocational courses was that fewer resources were needed to conduct the courses and not because of the market demands. There was no standard curriculum for the vocational courses offered to special students. There was a lack of professional personnel for vocational training in special schools. The special schools did not have any record as to where the students were absorbed after leaving the schools. Some students got jobs in the skill areas in which they were trained, some got jobs in other areas, and some were said to “go home” with no further details on their activities. Almost all the disabled employees were satisfied with their present jobs. There were no special provisions made for disabled employees to give them a barrier free environment and to cater their special needs. Majority of the disabled employees were employed on 1% quota fixed for them but still 1% quota is not fully implemented in all organizations, and there was a lack of apprenticeship scheme for the disabled persons

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords:vocational training, disabled persons, vocational training facilities, visually impaired, hearing impaired, mentally retarded, physically handicapped, disabled students
Subjects:Social Sciences(g) > Education(g6)
ID Code:1105
Deposited By:Mr. Muhammad Asif
Deposited On:20 Dec 2006
Last Modified:04 Oct 2007 21:04

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