The families of 285 physically challenged students are seeing a ray of hope in a High Court ruling. After the legal battle, the court ordered them to be appointed as primary school teachers on Sunday. The lawyer said that they were denied employment because they did not follow the quota system in the recruitment examination of 2018 and 2020.
On Sunday, hundreds of students with physical disabilities gathered in the High Court. After a long wait, they are very happy to get the order for placement in primary schools.
In 2018 and 2020, 285 people failed the oral exam despite passing the written exam. Among them, 53 are from different government universities, including 10 from Dhaka University. They petitioned the Supreme Court for not meeting the 10 percent quota set for the disabled in recruitment. After the hearing, the bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Kazi Zeenat decided to appoint them on the basis of quota.
A physically challenged student said, ‘We were not appointed because we did not apply for the quota. That is our problem. Those who were with us have been appointed. A large number of recruits have left out a handful, like us who are physically challenged. We are very happy to get the verdict today. We want the High Court to make arrangements for us to go to work.’
In observation, the court says that the protection of the rights of the disabled is now an international issue. According to the law and constitution of the country they will get priority in recruitment on the basis of merit.
Siddique Ullah Mia, the lawyer of the petitioners said, ‘285 people have failed, this is not an acceptable statement. And said that we are now literate in international convention. The court said that those who are meritorious should be considered for jobs in places where they are qualified.
Students say that it is the responsibility of the state to ensure that talented people with disabilities are not neglected.