National Order of Merit: For their exemplary service in education, His Majesty yesterday conferred the National Order of Merit (Gold) to 112 senior teachers from across the country.
A cheese specialist and the founder of bee keeping in Bumthang, Fritz Maurer was also among the National Order of Merit (Gold) recipients.
On behalf of the teachers, education minister Thakur S Powdyel said the moment was truly a high point in the history of education in the country.
“I sat there with a lump in my throat as His Majesty, our beloved King, informed the nation of the centrality of education and acclaimed the contribution of teachers to the task of nation building,” he said. “It was as if I have lived all my life for the moment.”
Lyonpo also said the awards conferred on an unprecedented number of educators were the finest gift to the education community even as the nation celebrated the centenary of modern education.
“This royal affirmation of the importance of the noble sector, a King’s trust in the power of teachers’ work constitute the best reason for educators to call up their finest gifts to serve and to enlighten,” he said.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Fritz Maurer is a businessman in Bumthang
By Rinzin Wangchuk