SHUTDOWN DURING EXAMS: READERS SAY ‘NO’ TO BNP
Staff Correspondent, bdnews24.com
Readers of bdnews24.com have strongly opposed BNP-led coalition’s stance to continue blockade and shutdowns during Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations.
In its regular online opinion poll, the first internet newspaper of Bangladesh asked people on Saturday to vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ on: “The BNP and its partners have rejected the government’s appeal to end its violent blockade for the sake of SSC test takers and will enforce a three-day shutdown instead. Do you support the coalition’s stance?”
In the Bengali site, 18,721 readers voted with 70 percent saying they do not support the BNP-led 20-Party’s stance that has send the 1.5 million examinees and their parents into a jiffy.
As many as 6,783 readers voted in the English site. 77 percent of them rejected the coalition’s stance to continue the protest programmes that have already claimed over 40 lives in around one month.
BNP and its partners rejected repeated calls to end its violent blockade, which has already claimed 40 lives, considering the SSC examinations.
Moreover, the coalition called a 72-hour general strike across Bangladesh from Sunday.
The first day’s SSC exams on Monday have been deferred considering the safety of the students. The tests on the day have been shifted to Friday.
As the government has decided to continue the exams on other days even though the blockade is still on, the SSC examinees will have to sit for the first examination on Wednesday amid the blockade.
BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi in a statement issued on Friday said their ‘peaceful’ protests would continue.
In another statement issued after around an hour, he called the shutdown from Sunday 6am to Wednesday 6am.
Tests on 37 SSC subjects and 41 Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) subjects were deferred last year due to the BNP’s agitations.
According to a bdnews24.com spokesperson, the regular online poll, in which readers of both the Bengali and the English sites can take part, is conducted on the basis of a report.
“The results of the poll of the bdnews24.com readers are produced automatically,” he said.
“Though it is not a conventional opinion poll, it has become a way to gauge public responses,” he added.
FEBRUARY 02, 2015