Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence on Friday held its recruitment examination in Dhaka amid the COVID-19 outbreak violating the health guidelines.
Jobseekers said that they were compelled to travel from districts to the capital city risking their health to seat for the written exam.
Fire service director Md Habibur Rahman told New Age that they asked the exam centres to ensure health guidelines including masks for all, hand washing or sanitising and maintaining seating distances.
‘We organised the exam as other agencies are also holding exams,’ he gave excuse.
He said that 12,642 jobseekers competed against 466 posts of fireman, driver, nursing assistant and office assistant.
The exam was held in five centres at Eden Mohila College, Tejgaon Collage, Azimpur Girls School, Moghbazar Girls School and Habibullah Bahar University College between 3:30pm and 4:30pm.
Rassel, an examinee from a northern district said that he was compelled to travel to the capital amid the health hazard risk, but he was happy because he needed a job immediately.
Visiting Tejgaon College area, many examinees were found gathered without mask violating health guideline.
Examinees said that there was no hand washing facility at the entrance of the college but they were to buy mask from the college gate before entering the centre.
The exam was held at the time when the government reported many deaths and infections every day and educational institutions are closed and public gathering is prohibited across the country.
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