Students seeking admission to medical colleges continue protests

Students seeking admission to medical colleges continue protests

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Students seeking admission to public medical colleges continued their protests across the country and threatened a march to the Capital if their demand for retaking their tests are not met.
Protests are being held over the demand throughout the country since September 18.
Aspirant admission seekers along with their guardians are pressing  the demand being aggrieved by leakage of question paper before the test for admission to 22 private and  public medical colleges. About 70,000 students appeared at the test vying for 3694 seats. The  guardians of the admission seekers drew the attention of Prime Minister to consider the allegation of question paper leakage before the admission tests in medical colleges.
The aggrieved students complained that the question papers  of the test were leaked the night before and circulated on social media sites.
Many students refused to appear at the test after getting the information on September 18.
The demonstrators, holding placards said some candidates got the leaked questions in exchange of huge amount for money on night before the test, while others received the same in the morning.
Yunus Ali Akond, a Supreme Court lawyer, moved a writ petition before the High Court praying for order to form a judicial body to probe into the leak.
Akond said, he collected a copy of a leaked question paper which is identical to the actual exam question paper.
In Dhaka city police barricaded a procession of the aggrieved students heading to Shahbagh intersection towards Prime Minister’s Office.
The deprived admission seekers along with their parents are staging protest for last 10 days and informed that they will continue their protest until Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took note of the matter as she is now in New York to the United Nations General Assembly session.
The law enforcement agencies arrested several people in connection with question paper leakage including an official of University Grants Commission (UGC).
Principal Ashraf Kamal, a guardian told journalists that we are doing every thing we could to educate our children but some unscrupulous people are spoiling our dreams leaking question papers of the major public medical admission tests.
Khalid Hasan, an admission seeker said, why would we study 24 hours a day when some others will grab the leaked question paper and pass at the test. This is absurd. “We want Justice,” he chanted slogan with many others. – Staff Reporter

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