Bangladesh: Protesters demand end to civil service job quotas

Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

“Thousands of Bangladeshi university students threw roadblocks across key highways on Sunday, demanding the end of ‘discriminatory’ quotas for coveted government jobs, including reserving posts for children of liberation heroes. Students in almost all major universities took part, demanding a merit-based system for well-paid and massively oversubscribed civil service jobs. … Critics say the system benefits children of pro-government groups, who back Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Her father, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was Bangladesh’s founding leader. Hasina, 76, won her fourth consecutive general election in January, in a vote without genuine opposition parties, with a widespread boycott and a major crackdown against her political opponents.” (07/07/24)