Dhaka, Bangladesh
Alternative course of democracy seems evolving

Alternative course of democracy seems evolving

Third force leads Ducsu, 23,000 student cabinets elected in schools

News Special A silent transformation seems to be setting an alternative course of democratic practices from the baselines. University and school cabinets are immediate manifestations. Some analysts are of the opinion that the just-elected Ducsu headed by the leader of general body of university students and Thursday's countrywide elections forming 'student cabinet' in schools indicate such a change in the wake of confrontational national politics and parliamentary standoff. Speaking on the election outcomes of Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) and hall unions that saw many general candidates figuring high and the two main student organizations virtually on the back foot, Prof Anwar Hossain said, "The general students' win gives this message that students don't have trust on student politics of the day." He adds: "So also is evident from national politics and elections." Recent quota-movement leader Nurul Haque Nur has been elected VP of the DUCSU, considered country's 'second parliament'. General student activists also lead some hall unions of the premier university. On the other hand, some 23,000 'school cabinets' are elected through voting at school level. Through elections to 'student cabinet', the children of the country will grow up with the values of democracy, said Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni Thursday. "These elections will help students to learn how to take decision and do their own works by themselves," said the minister while observing election to the student cabinet at Begum Sufia Model High School in Kaliakoir upazila in Gazipur. The student cabinet election has been introduced in secondary schools and madrasas across the country since 2015 and it will be continued further, she said. The student-cabinet elections were held in all secondary schools and Dakhil madrassahs across the country on Thursday. The portfolios of the student cabinets are: preservation of environment, sports, health, cultural programmes, tree planting, observation of different days and other activities. The elections were held in 16,245 secondary schools and 6,716 Dakhil madrassahs, under 559 upazilas and thanas in eight metropolitan cities and eight divisions. A total of 324,837 student candidates contested 183,688 positions in these institutions while the number of total voters were 114,95,618. (Inputs taken from agencies)

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