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Need to improve preterm care

In September last year, 11 babies died at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Some insiders even took the number of deaths to 19. How that Early Essential Newborn Care (EENC) and Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) for preterm babies are found to require improvement is …

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Water shortage in broader perspective

The monumental irony of the age is that Bhutan is water-rich, yet the problem of water shortage has been growing in the country over the years. The fact that both urban and rural Bhutan are increasingly having to contend with such privations is an indictment that we are getting it wholly …

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Putting Science and Mathematics development at the top

Science and Mathematics are our future. Their development will play a critical role in shaping our nation’s success. It is in this backdrop that the education ministry’s decision to establish a premier school for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the country is highly appreciated. Mathematics and Science were never very …

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12th Plan – for information or deliberation?

The National Assembly and the National Council have said that both the houses would review and deliberate the 12th Plan. According to the National Assembly members, the Plan does not meet their expectations and has nothing ambitious, exciting, or revolutionary. The National Council has said that it would form a committee …

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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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