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5th school cabinet election held

Staff Reporter, Dhaka

The fifth student cabinet elections were held yesterday in all secondary schools and Dakhil Madrasahs amid festive fervour. A total of 324,837 students contested for 183,688 positions, while the number of total voters were 11,495,618.  The elections began around 9am and continued till 2pm.

Of the total 22,961 educational institutions, 16,245 are secondary schools and 6,716 are Dakhil madrasahs under 559 upazilas and thanas in eight metropolitan cities and eight divisions.  Students performed as election commissioners, presiding officers, polling officers and security personnel during the polls.

The portfolios of the students’ cabinets are—preservation of environment, sports, health, cultural programmes, tree plantation, observation of different days and other activities.

The polls’ principal objective is to let the students understand democratic practices and learn values of democracy.

While observing the election, education minister Dr Dipu Moni said through elections to the ‘students’ cabinet’, children of the country would grow up and learn the values of democracy.

“These elections will help students learn how to take decisions and do their own work,” she said while visiting Begum Sufia Model High School in Kaliakoir upazila in Gazipur district.

The minister also said the students’ cabinet election had been introduced in secondary schools and madrasas across the country in 2015.  Such polls will be held every year, she added. Additional secretary of the education ministry Md Fasiullah was  present.

While visiting different secondary high school and Dakhil madrasahs, The Independent found that students were casting their votes in a festive mood standing in queues in their respective schools and madrasahs. They expressed their satisfaction about the first-hand experience of the voting process at the school level for choosing their cabinet leaders. Shahab Uddin Mollah, head teacher of Siddheswari Girl’s Higher Secondary School and College, said students would learn the democratic values as well as their responsibilities to the school and to the nation through this election.

 

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