Jobseekers demand cancellation of tests of 8 banks, financial institutions

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A good number of candidates are demonstrating on the Dhaka streets demanding last Friday's recruitment tests to eight state-owned banks be cancelled as they allege there had been scores of irregularities. Photo: Abdus Salam/Prothom Alo

A good number of candidates on Sunday demonstrated on the Dhaka streets demanding last Friday’s recruitment tests at eight state-owned banks and financial institutions be cancelled as they alleged there had been scores of irregularities.

The eight banks and financial institutions are - Sonali Bank Ltd, Janata Bank Ltd, Rupali Bank Ltd, Bangladesh Development Bank Limited, Bangladesh Krishi Bank, Rajshahi Krishi Unnoyon Bank, Bangladesh House Building Finance Corporation and Investment Corporation of Bangladesh.

At noon, they were demonstrating on the Dhaka University campus.

Around 10:30am, they first gathered in front of the Bangladesh Bank. Later, they moved to the National Press Club and from there they went to the DU campus.

Rohidul Islam, one of the demonstrators, said, “The authorities are saying only one centre had a problem. But in reality, unfair means were adopted at most of the centres.”

“At some centres, students got the questions late while at some places they got it earlier. No way the bests could be evaluated this way,” he said.

The students demanded the examinations be held again, ensuring the best practices.

In recent times, recruitment tests and public examinations have been plagued by massive irregularities, particularly leaks of question papers, often denied by authorities concerned.

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