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Students will know the actual democratic process: AG

January 11, 2018 3:56 am

It important for our young people to know about the actual democratic process.

Education Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, made the comment as now Year Ten students will have voter education program as part of their curriculum this year.

Sayed-Khaiyum says the students can be good ambassadors and share the right information since currently most elderly people do not really understand the electoral system.

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“The running of elections, how it is conducted and what people need to do – the students will become aware of it. As stated by the Supervisor of Elections once they become a teen, they will know exactly what to do, they will have confidence in the system, they will know about the system and this creates a different level of transparency.”

Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, says this is also part of their five year strategic plan.

“Approximately 40,000 ballot papers will be distributed to schools and these ballot papers are similar to the general elections but cannot be used in the general elections. The FEO has also developed teachers’ manual mock election kit and a full time dedication website for these curriculum. We have linked the website to some social media sites so that we can generate and maintain interest in subject.”

Twenty thousand copies of the student’s workbook will be distributed during the second week of Term One to more than sixteen thousand Year Ten students.

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