BCS Exam, Quota System and Controversies March 15, 2008Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, EDUCATION, GOVERNANCE.
Tags: BCS, BCS Exam, PSC, Quota system in BCS
BCS exam is the highest examination system for recruitment of officers for different cadres of Bangladesh Government Services which includes administration to education. The service of the government in its different sectors will depend on the quality of the selection in its different cadres. Every cadre is important in its own merit. And the best sons of the soil should be recruited for the services.
Quota system was introduced in the government service by an executive order in 1972, where 45% are reserved on merit, rest 55% is distributed as 30% for children of freedom fighters, 10% for women, 10% for districts and 5% for indigenous people.
We have passed 37 years of our independence. Time has come to review the system.
I am not against the quota system. But the way we are using the quota system for indefinite time and in indeterminate way is not scientific.
The bottom line is –we should not compromise the selection at the highest level of government service. If we compromise at this level, our governance will never be improved.
We have obligations to the children of our freedom fighters and we also want our womenfolk, tribal people and people from less developed districts to have more participation in the government service at greater percentage. But how should we do that?
We should ensure better education of the children of our freedom fighters by giving support to the family, by lending stipends and scholarships to their children and by giving enrollment in better schools and colleges. We are already extended various supports for female education which has yielded result with more female candidates qualifying on merit and in the same way we should extend support to the tribal children. For the less developed districts, we should take measures to improve the schools and colleges so that students from those districts come out with competitive results.
The ordinary citizen is in favour of long term plan to support the needy without compromising the ultimate selection.
Controversies provoked utterances of abusive languages and application of forces in place of logic and rationality which is not healthy.
The issue is delicate but we should be prudent and keeping the interest of all we should also try to achieve the ultimate standard in governance.
An ordinary citizen
18 March 2008
Public Service Commission Dr. Shahadat Hussain in an interview in BTV informed that an study by PSC on the quota system is already completed and will be published soon and public discussions will be arranged in divisional towns and in the capital to have recommendations on the quota system.
8 April 08
A two member committee headed by Dr. Akbar Ali Khan was formed to give report on BCS quota system. On submission of the report, Dr. Akbar said that the recruitment under quota must not be higher than that of merit.
8 May 2008
PSC has completed the survey report avd started discussion on the issue which will be staged in different regions of the country. Journalists are provided with copies of the report but the contents were not discussed much in the media. The above information is from a discussion in BTV program -Dhaka Dateline.
But PSC should have published the report in the internet, so that public irrespective of their attachment to the media, could be informed of the suggestions put in the survey report and people could also give their opinion directly in the net.