Tutor: Jermaine Young
Question: With emphasis on the Guild of Students elections write a letter to a parent or guardian explaining the differences between student government and national government.
Dear Parent or Guardian,
I am writing a letter to inform you about the differences between a student government and a national government. Before we go any further in discussing the differences one should know what each government is about. A student government as it relates to the Guild of Students at the University of the West Indies (U.W.I) is a body of university students in charge of “communication between the student body and authorities of the university” while a national government is any political organization put in place to maintain control of a nation. In essence it is the central form of government of any country that super cedes the student government. Before a government is formed one has to go through several processes with the first being the nomination of candidates. In a student government as well as a national government persons are nominated to fulfill certain roles in the interest of those they serve. After candidates are nominated they are given the opportunity to persuade individuals on why they are the best fit the role they wish to serve in. An election which is an organized event at which somebody is chosen by vote for something, especially a public office is called. Some of the clear differences between the student government and national government are the structure of their government body, the way in which they are governed as well as the way power is administered. The Student Government and the University of the West Indies is more commonly known as the Guild of Students. The guild of students offers membership to the entire school population which consists of matriculated students (full time and part time), associate members and honorary members. From this group the formation of the Guild council is brought about which amounts to17 elected members. These members are then subdivided into a Guild Executive which comprises of 11 members. In this the President holds the highest position. This person is the “chairperson of the Guild Council and the Guild of Students, Chief Executive Officer of the Guild of students and sees to the efficient running of the Guild Council and the Guild of Students. His position is then followed by the two vice presidents of properties and special initiatives and the one in charge of services and special projects. They are the deputies chairpersons of the Guild Council and the Guild of Students and responsible for chairing meetings in the absence of the President. The others members then follow them carrying out their specific functions (Students, 2008-2009). The national government in Jamaica uses a representative system of government which is separated into two chambers one elected and one nominated. The structure of the Jamaican government is different from that of the student government as it relates to the different heads. The country holds the Queen as the head of state who appoints a governor general with no attachment to any parties. This is then followed by the parliament which comprises of two houses both the upper and lower houses (Senate and House of Representative) with a general election being held every five years. The party who wins the election then becomes government. The government for the Guild of students exercises power over the body which he or she is president over. However they are only in charge of communication between student and the university while this is not so for national government. They exercise complete control of the country which they govern which is inclusive of the members of the student government. They are the most important decision makers in the country on a whole. In the student government the president is responsible for the...
Cited: Jamica, E. C. (2014). Elections. Retrieved March 24, 2014, from Electoral Commission of Jamica: http://www.eoj.com.jm/elections.htm
Students, G. o. (2008-2009). Guild of Students, UWI Mona. Retrieved March 24, 2014, from UWI, Mona: http://www.uwimonaguild.org/about/constitution
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