Empty university classrooms speak volumes for quota reform

DHAKA : While the flame of quota reform demand is gaining momentum with the growing involvement of students and jobseekers at the foot of Raju Sculpture on the Dhaka University campus, students boycotted their regular classes apparently to intensify their demand, reports UNB.
The students of both public and private universities have boycotted their classes for the last few days.
Most classrooms at the Dhaka University were found empty as students decided not to attend classes. The scenario at Rajshahi University and Jagannath University was the same while Jahangirnagar University students boycotted their exams, too, according to reports reaching the UNB newsroom.
On Tuesday, students of private universities, including East West University, North South University, BRAC University, United International University and Daffodil University took to the streets boycotting their classes with the demand for reform of the quota system.
The movement started on April 8 when jobseekers and university students staged demonstrations across the country demanding reform of the existing quota system in government recruitment tests, including BCS examinations.
As part of the movement, students have kept themselves away from attending classes to express their solidarity with the demonstration.
Ahnaf Tahmid Ratul, a student of Mass Communication and Journalism department, said he boycotted his classes supporting the cause.
“No more bloodshed, no more tears. I hope the government also will try to understand what the general students are saying and take necessary steps on the promised date,” he said.
Sushmita Chakraborty, another 2nd year student of the Dhaka University, said she was boycotting the classes as part of the non-violent movement.
“Now, we’ve decided to continue the boycott protesting the police attack on our classmates,” she added.
Shabbir Shojib, a student of Anthropology department, said the students of his department have decided not to attend their classes and exams protesting the silence of the DU authorities over the police attack and Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury’s statement.