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There is mPowerYouth for you; make use of it

Are our children facing stresses related to academic routine? Some might say that they are not. But findings from a mobile app called mPowerYouth, designed for department of youth and sports (DYS) to make counselling available to those who seek professional intervention, is that our children are facing academic stress. …

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Learn from the ways

The way we look at education ought to change. The way we look at counselling must change. We have moved on. We have had enough bad news from the sector. But good things are happening. This day we are bringing to the fore one school that is making special effort …

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Thank you teachers

May is come again! We are in the luxuriant boughs of the season’s goodness and abundances.  In particular May 2 is here, a day of special significance for the nation and the people. This day we honour our teachers for what good they have done us and continue to do. …

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Revamping Hole in the Wall: At what cost?

Half a decade after it made its presence in the heart and peripheral limbs of the nation, the Hole in the Wall, a component of the grand Chiphen Rigphel project, has really ended up being a fat hole in the wall. Looking at what it has now become, did we …

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Housing crisis

After corruption, Phuentsholing, the country’s commercial hub is now becoming a hub for crime. A Bhutanese woman was allegedly raped in the Indian border town of Phuentsholing last week. The suspect is reported to be still at large and the brouhaha that ensued online was not enough for authorities to …

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RSF report leaves a lot desired

We condemn the reports of Reporters Without Borders, or Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), an international non-profit, non-governmental organisation that claims to promote and defend freedom of information and freedom of the press. In Bhutan’s experience, RSF has repeatedly failed to reflect the true picture of freedom of press in the …

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Premise: Education debate

Debates we must engage in. The more and seriously we do, the better. Without serious debates, there scarcely is anything concrete we can hope for. When the debate is about education, we have got to be all the more solemn and sincere. Trivialising education just because one can say anything …

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Safety first

The conduct of the national council elections and of some teachers encapsulates the week gone by. The former is over and claimed to be fairly smooth. The latter, not quite.  This month, the country was in frenzy over the conduct of some teachers who had allegedly indulged in acts that …

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Inclusive education and challenges

Inclusive education is important. That is why the education ministry’s plans for 12 schools with Special Education Needs (SEN) programme in the 12th Plan was received well. There are today 14 general schools with SEN programme and two special schools. Our efforts to make Bhutanese education inclusive, however, may require …

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Media and their roles

A crime is a crime. But when the perpetrators are those with whom we should feel most safe and secured, how do we deal with it? We are not talking about small acts of thievery and cheat. We are talking about lives and well-being of young boys and girls. Media …

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