Quota can never be a substitute for merit: Utab

The University Teachers Association of Bangladesh (UTAB), a pro-BNP university teachers’ organization, has expressed deep concern over the court’s decision to reinstate the quota system in government jobs. At the same time, the organization supported the ongoing movement of students to demand the abolition of quota system.

On Thursday (July 4) at noon, Utab President Professor Dr. ABM Obaidul Islam and Secretary General Professor Dr. Md. Morshed Hasan Khan gave this support in a statement.

They said Bangladesh became independent 53 years ago. Quota can never be a substitute for merit in such an independent sovereign country. Hence, the movement of lakhs of job-seeking young students demanding abolition of quota system in government jobs is not only relevant, but very fair and logical. We teachers support their demands.

They said that in 2018, the anti-quota movement became widespread across the country. At that time Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assured to withdraw the quota. Now again using the courts to reinstate that quota system. This is clearly cheating the students. The Awami League government is cheating the people again and again because it is a fraud.

They also said that it is a matter of great regret that the Hon’ble High Court has ruled to reinstate the quota system in government jobs on June 5. The government circular issued in 2018 has been declared invalid. We think that the High Court’s judgment did not reflect the aspirations of the students of Bangladesh. In the meantime, the Appellate Division has upheld the judgment of the High Court declaring the decision to cancel the freedom fighter quota system in the first and second class government jobs invalid. The matter was scheduled to be heard in the Appellate Division on Thursday (July 4), but it was not. As a result, after receiving the full verdict, the Supreme Court ordered a regular appeal against the quota. We are concerned about this.