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Transport strike: Students fail to attend final exams

  • Published at 11:44 pm October 28th, 2018
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Protesters create a blockade in Dhaka's Jatrabari area to prevent vehicles from passing on Sunday, October 28, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

Around 180 students of Dhaka University's psychology department failed to attend their first year final examination

Many students of the city’s educational institutions failed to attend their final examinations due to the nationwide transport workers’ strike.

Jebunnahar, a fourth-year English department student at Eden Mohila College, who lives in Narayanganj, told the Dhaka Tribune: “I left my house around 6am with my father in a rickshaw. I reached Chittagong Road near Jatrabari after changing rickshaws several times but could not move further towards my exam centre.”

She said: “I had an improvement exam. Last year, I did not achieve my expected result as I had given birth which is why I had registered for the improvement re-examination.

“I will not sit the test anymore. I have lost the last chance to improve my result due to the transport workers’ strike.” 

Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Prof M Akhtaruzzaman said: “The strike cannot interrupt or obstruct the examinations. Authorities will not cancel the exams. Students sat for the exams today amidst a strike barrier.”

Talking about the punctuality of exams held under the DU authority, the VC said: “Affiliated colleges’ students have to adopt the culture of the Dhaka University.”  

Students are concerned as they have to attend their final examinations on Monday during the strike. 

Meanwhile, around 180 students of the DU Psychology department failed to attend their first year final examination. 

DU VC, Professor Akhtaruzzaman said: “I have heard the commencement time was interrupted for an hour but the exam was held. Cancellation of examinations does not go with DU’s dignity.  I told the proctor of the university and the Psychology department authority as well, to look into the matter.” 

Answering whether the students will get another chance to sit for the exam again, DU VC said: “Any kind of examinations held are as per the university rule.”

Transport workers also harassed city dwellers, throwing engine oil on their faces. They called a 48-hour nationwide strike for Sunday and Monday.