Bangladeshi nurses protest against new recruitment policy

Test-based hiring will favor theory over experience, they say

January 21, 2016
Hundreds of nurses in Bangladesh are staging an indefinite protest against new recruitment rules in government hospitals.

The protest began Jan. 19 when about 1,500 nurses — 200 of whom are Christians — gathered in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka to demand the cancelation of test-based recruitment, which they say will see experience losing out to theory.

The Unemployed Diploma Nurses Association, a Dhaka-based body of unemployed nurses, is leading the protest.

Earlier this month, the Directorate of Nursing at the Ministry of Health announced that all nurses, no matter how much experience they have, must take written and oral tests set by the Bangladesh Public Service Commission to get jobs in government hospitals.

The protesters say the new rules could prevent qualified, senior nurses from getting jobs as they were likely to be out of touch with theory presented in nursing books for student nurses.    

"We want the government a recruitment policy based on batch, seniority and merit like the past," Faruk Hossain, secretary-general of the nurses association told

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