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What are our children learning? 

Poor reading habit among the Bhutanese isn’t something that comes as surprising. The recent findings of PISA-D assessment show that poor reading literacy among students hinder their academic performance. The finding is also not new. Past studies have shown that our students are unable to comprehend the meaning of the texts …

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At the cost of the state

The state had been offering nyendars, granting soelras and tips on behalf of the cabinet ministers and ministerial ranked officials for many years. This is how people are interpreting the Royal Audit Authority’s report on the expenses made on entertainment and hospitality. Worse. Some are recommending Koeners (caretakers) to issue receipts when ministers …

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The trashy issue

Waste is not a problem in Bhutan. Its management is. The revival of the limited plastic ban has brought to the fore a debate on not just plastic but on the issue of waste and its mismanagement the country is today buckling under. Bhutan was lauded for taking a courageous …

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Saving animals

Saving animals will be a lot more organised. Those in the business of saving animals from the jaws of death will have to be registered as an organisation. A guideline has been developed and this is expected to ease the management of rescued animals. Of late, there is a growing …

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Data matters

Are there 30,000 pigs in the country? A data analyst questioned this at a gathering, which was greeted with blank faces. Reports show there are, and it is accepted at face value. Nobody even bothers to question it, forget analysing the data. Data is power and it is important in …

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Gaydrungs in the dark

Seventy-four gaydrungs (gewog clerks) had their service terminated on March 6. They are still serving and are on government’s payroll. The gaydrung’s post was debated in the past. Gaydrungs were once proposed as civil servants and rejected. A Royal Civil Service Commission organisational development exercise didn’t recommend the post. The …

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Watching TB

The organisers of the World Tuberculosis Day in Thimphu hit the right note when one of the recovered patients talked about his experience with what is perceived as a killer disease, tuberculosis. The message was loud and clear. Tuberculosis or TB is curable if detected on time and timely quality …

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Dealing with the problem of growing waste

The waste exhibition on World Water Day last Friday at Kawajangsa in Thimphu was a sobering reminder that we are not doing enough to manage our waste. The Royal Society for Protection of Nature and the partners, institutions and individuals, who brought the awareness to the minds of the people …

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Broken promises 

The government has come under much flak for its claim of achieving most of its 25 pledges in 120 days. It claimed 11 pledges as achieved, 11 on track and three as unachieved. A closer look at these claims show that the government has exaggerated its achievements. All pledges it …

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Youth and crime

Escalating crime figures are an indictment of our society. Stats from the Royal Bhutan Police show that last year, the number of arrests touched 1,180. The trend is sad and worrying. What is more worrying is that our young people form the biggest number among those who commit crimes. Reading …

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Reviewing state-owned enterprises

Many economies bank on state-owned enterprises (SOE). They are important to those seeking economic development. The SOEs have become a topic of discussions in recent times. It is good that we are having a discourse on an important issue. We need more. The government has formed a task force to …

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When health workers leave

Much of what Bhutan has achieved in health care services is because of our health workers. While there is little appreciation to their service, there is uproar when healthcare facilities run short of health workers. In what was a desperate attempt, the national referral hospital last week issued a notification …

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Accelerating mother and child health

The government has finalised the programme that is aimed at safeguarding the health of vulnerable expecting mothers, mothers with newborns and their infants. It is detailed and strategised, clearing a lot of doubts and questions. Whatever it is called – breastfeeding allowance, maternity allowance, or accelerating mother and child health …

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