Got zero, became a hero 

Dhaka,  Fri,  22 September 2017
Published : 04 Aug 2017, 21:11:42

Got zero, became a hero 

REFERENCE to the matter captioned above, please find below the information, which is self explanatory. A total of 3295 (20.11 per cent) of candidates appearing at the 18th BCS examination (held in 1996-97) secured zero in English, but still some of them qualified for BCS posts. This was published in an article titled "Human Resource Management in Bangladesh Civil Service: Constraints and Contradictions by Dr. Noore Alam Siddiquee published in the International Journal of Public Administration, 1532-4265, Volume 26, Issue 1, 2003, Pages 35-60. 

Does it not expose the poor quality of the civil service and the irregularity and corruption in the BCS examinations? The recruitment process of the Public Service Commission is not unquestionable. Is it the only solution that candidates have to file writ petition to the honourable High Court to get justice and decree in favour of them to get back their jobs? We achieved our independence in 1971 through a long and hard struggle and yet we could not establish a reliable PSC to recruit officers on the basis of merit.

I would like to cite my example to establish my claim in this connection. I am Md. Zahidul Islam who appeared at the 18th BCS examination (registration number 83976) in English medium and passed the written examination successfully and appeared at the viva-voce exam where I also did well. But unfortunately I was not in the final list of qualified candidates due to some unfair activities of the concerned authority at that time. It may be added that my first choice was the Foreign Affairs (against 12 posts) and second choice was Administration (against 100 posts), third choice was Customs & Excise (against 15 posts), fourth choice was Police (against 60 posts), fifth choice was Taxation (against 25 posts), sixth choice was Audit (against 15 posts) and seventh choice was Information (against 21 posts). 

Meanwhile, I have done a research/study about the comparative civil service recruitment process of the ICSC (International Civil Service Commission) and other developed/developing/underdeveloped countries and understood very clearly that international language should get the top priority in case of international affairs as well as for other important cadres. But it is a matter of great regret that in spite of being a complete English medium BCS candidate I did not qualify whereas the candidates who got zero in English were selected. 

This is clear violation of human rights too, and therefore, I would urge upon both the honourable President and the Prime Minister to kindly look into this and remove the irregularities and corruption with an iron hand and instruct the concerned authority/ministry to investigate into the matter and to take appropriate action against those involved in the crime. 

Md. Zahidul Islam (Milton)

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