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It is a matter of great concern and outrageous shock that Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) is planning to form committees at the secondary school level. BCL leaders, after a recent meeting, said the objective behind the move is to spread the ideology of the party among the schoolchildren.
Whatever the motive is, it would certainly have an adverse impact upon the tender minds of children. The current nature of student politics is so frustrating as it is relentlessly causing gruesome kind of violence in some public colleges and universities.
The character of student politics today bears no resemblance to what we saw of it in the past, particularly during the period of country’s liberation movement. Student politics, since the anti-autocracy movement in late 80s, has been on a path of steady decline and doesn't serve the interests of the general students any longer, which begs the question: what is student politics for then?
The fact is, student political bodies are now merely an extension of their parent political parties, who use them to solidify their control over the future generation of leaders. They are not voicing to address the academic issues or to fulfil the legitimate demand of the students.
According to an estimate, in the last eight years, incidents of violence and infighting among student groups at different universities and colleges have resulted in at least 125 deaths, of which 60 were due to internal feuds in BCL. If BCL committees are formed in schools now, it may in all likelihood expose the children to the same kind of violent and exploitative politics.
The Awami League leadership has previously denied having any kind of association with the organisations using children in the name of “League.” But mere words are not going to help. They should try to stop any kind of initiatives embroiling children in politics.