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20 May, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Quota reform movement

Students to sit for exams, but stick to class boycott

Staff Reporter
Students to sit for exams, 
but stick to class boycott

Taking into consideration the holy month of Ramadan and the possibility of occurrence of a session jam, agitating students yesterday announced their decision to postpone their boycott of examinations in all universities and colleges across the country. However, they will continue to boycott classes until a gazette notification abolishing quotas in government jobs is issued.

Hasan Al Mamun, convener of the Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Adhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad, announced this at a press conference held in front of the premises of the Dhaka University central library yesterday (Saturday).

Nurul Haque Nur, joint convener of the organisation, said: “We have postponed the decision for an indefinite period considering the session jam and the ongoing Ramadan.”

Demanding the issuance of a gazette notification abolishing the quota system in government jobs, the students started boycotting classes and examinations from May 14 onwards in all universities and colleges across the country for an indefinite period.

The decision to boycott examinations and classes came after the government failed to publish the gazette notification by the deadline stipulated by the protesters. The deadline expired at 5pm on May 13.

The Sadharan Chhatra Adhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad also urged the DU administration not to harass the students for the “untimely occurrence” of the incident in mid-April at Sufia Kamal hall of the university. Nurul Haque Nur accused the university's vice-chancellor (VC) and proctor of spreading rumours on that day.

He said, “On that day, the university vice-chancellor and proctor expelled Iffat Jahan Esha, the BCL president of Sufia Kamal hall. But I don’t know the reasons why the VC Sir and Proctor Sir changed their decision in the morning and said Esha did not torture anyone. However, we saw that a show-cause notice was issued to 25 other girls for harassing Esha.”

Nur said he believes the DU administration has issued a notice to 25 students for the purpose of harassing general students under the excuse of the quota movement. “These students have spread rumours with false and misleading information; I say that if they spread rumours, then Vice-Chancellor Sir and Proctor Sir are the main masterminds spearheading this.”

Hasan Al Mamun said the students of different universities and colleges who joined the movement had been threatened and harassed to leave their halls. He claimed that this was the handiwork of some rogue elements who intended to portray the government in a bad light. “We strongly condemn and protest this.”

On February 17, students and job-seekers launched their movement to press their five-point charter of demands, which include the introduction of a unified age limit in government jobs, a review of the quota system in the government recruitment process, including Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations, cessation of benefits being taken by job-seekers under the same quota, filling up of vacant posts from the merit list if candidates are not found under the quota and fixation of 10 per cent quota instead of the existing 56 per cent.

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