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Don`t play arrogance with the quota crisis

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LESS than a week ago, we wrote on the crucial importance of issuing the gazette regarding the cancellation of quota system in line with the PM's verbal promise. Like many times before, our words went in vain. It wasn't only the gazette which was not issued, but also the situation is turning from bad to worse.
In response to the government's indifference, the quota reformers from yesterday started to boycott classes and examinations in all universities and colleges across the country for an indefinite period. Moreover, they have occupied the Shahbagh intersection for holding sit-ins. From Elephant Road to Shegunbagicha - the entire stretch of main road has practically come to a standstill. Commuters residing in the central part of the capital are facing an unimaginable dilemma. And this is all taking place because of the absence of a simple government gazette.
As the government failed to publish the gazette by the given timeframe, the protesters will observe strike sine die and boycott all academic activities at the colleges and universities countrywide.
The protesters continued their demo during rain and were chanting slogans in favour of their demand. They did not attend classes or sit for exams, but examinations were held as per schedule. The point, however, is that sufferers are not now limited among the protesters but ordinary citizens have also been added to the list.
We feel, the government must act promptly or else, anarchy and chaos might hit the overall education sector hard. It has been over a month since the PM announced abolishment of quota service in the parliament. The students are frustrated and there is a strong possibility that the stalemate may lead to a prolonged crisis. The inconclusive situation should not be allowed to continue.
We do not blame the government for its bureaucratic arrogance and feel that government does not have worry about public concern. Whatever they do is right because police can be used to ignore the people. But we suggest not to play arrogance with the quota system. The PM should be seen in charge of government and her words that the quota system has to go must.


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