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PM announces scrapping of quota system

PM announces scrapping of quota system

Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina announced scrapping of quota system in public service and urged students to return to their classes, local media reports said.

She came up with the announcement on Wednesday (Apr 11) during the question-answer session in Parliament amid strong protests by jobseekers and university students across the country against the quota system.

"No quota system will exist in the country as the students don't want it”, Sheikh Hasina said.

The premier said her government was running the state with a principle and it was very much aware of the wellbeing of the students.

She said the quota system has been continuing since 1972 and it was reformed several times.

"Whatever remains vacant in quota, we always fill them up from the merit list if the quota is not fulfilled," she said particularly referring to mentioning the 33rd, 35th and 36th BCS examinations.