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Such optimism is welcome

Even as agriculture is Bhutan’s biggest sector that employs more than half the population, it has been in receipt of the smallest share of budget. The outlay for the sector has been declining since the since the first Five-Year Plan that began in 1961. The largest share of budget the …

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The overseas employment conundrum

Following more than a year of speculations and allegations in the overseas programme for India and Japan, the ACC’s investigation has shed some light on corrupt practices that were executed under the veneer of addressing unemployment. It has implicated the former labour minister, the incumbent director general of the department …

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Ruminating change

At a time when pros and cons of doing away with Saturday classes are still being debated, the 19th Annual Education Conference in Phuentsholing Wednesday arrived at a decision that there would not be Saturday classes starting 2019 academic session. That there were strong reservations from some of the participants …

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Preparing for the change

There will not be examinations for Classes PP to III. This was what the education ministry decided Wednesday at the on-going Annual Education Conference in Phuentsholing that concludes today. The resolution, however, will come into force only from 2020. Even as the move is aimed at holistic development in children …

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Addressing Dzongkha teacher shortage

Education ministry lost 2,716 teachers in 10 years – between 2008 and 2018. On average, about 3.6 percent of public school teachers had been leaving the profession. Close to 360 teachers left the system between 2017 and 2018. The number may not look big which could be why we are told that …

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Bhutanese media look to new dawn

Media sit on uncomfortable chairs. Media see things in the best interest of the nation. Unfortunately often, they end up being called the government’s enemy. If the government thinks that Bhutanese media have not lived up to expectation, there now is some light to look to. It means access to …

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A laborious task?

The plight of Bhutanese working overseas calls for urgent attention. While the earn and learn programme in Japan remains controversial, another group of Bhutanese were reportedly scammed to earn and learn in Malaysia. These cases are not new and we have failed miserably to intervene and address issues confronting our …

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The 12th Plan

A lot has been discussed about the 12th Plan, which government officials say is still being refined and finalised and so not yet shared with the people.  It is a different story that political parties clandestinely managed to get hold of the draft Plan so that they could align the …

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Addressing unemployment demands clear objective and sustained effort

Youth unemployment is perhaps the biggest social and economic problem we are confronted with today. And it is growing. Skills mismatch, lack of entrepreneurship, life skills-based education, and access to capital are among the primary factors that contribute to the problem that has serious personal and social costs. We are beginning …

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Train teachers first for change

Major changes in the education are in the offing. That’s good because our education system must change with the changing times. Perhaps the challenges that we are facing today have their roots in our inability to walk with the demands of the dawning or at least the experience of something …

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Maternity allowance 

The government has announced that it would pay maternity allowance to rural mothers only if they fulfil the requirements it sets. Mothers would be eligible for the allowance if they do not miss the routine antenatal check up and deliver in a hospital. Those who deliver abroad and at home …

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His Holiness the Je Khenpo

Those of us who were at the National Day celebration ground in Samste or who watched it on the national television must have seen our 70thJe Khenpo, His Holiness Trulku Jigme Chhoedra. A diminutive figure always bending lower than even the most reverent people who throng to him in droves. He …

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The importance of bureaucracy

While addressing the nation from Samtse yesterday during the 111th National Day celebrations, His Majesty The King reiterated the importance of the bureaucracy, establishing, in the royal view, a clear path for the civil servants. His Majesty reminded the civil servants about the enormity of the development plans and commanded …

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