Hundreds of jobseekers, who have been protesting in Dhaka over their inclusion in a panel for appointment at government primary schools as assistant teachers, have sought the intervention of the prime minister to resolve the issue.
On Friday, they made the call at a sit-in programme staged in front of the National Press Club in the capital city.
The protesters, who appeared at the viva voce after passing the written test for the post of assistant teachers in 2018, threatened to continue their movement until the demand is met.
Abdul Quader, president of the panel seekers' central committee, said, "We have placed some demands before the government from our peaceful movement. But police charged batons on us. But, we will not go back home until the demand is met."
In the recruitment test held in 2018, 55,295 jobseekers out of about 19 lakh applicants passed the written test for primary school assistant teachers. Of them, 18,147 were appointed finally, not filling all the vacant posts.
Abu Hassan, general secretary of the protesters' committee, said the authorities behaved inhumanely by not appointing them to vacant posts even though they proved their qualifications after passing the written and viva voce.
"So, we are seeking the intervention of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in this regard."
"We urge the government to form a panel with the rest of the candidates and appoint them from there as there are many vacancies at primary schools," he added.
The agitators said panels were formed in each of the recruitment test in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014, but the authorities have not yet taken any effective step to form one in the 2018 recruitment process.