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Our children deserve better

The quality of school infrastructure influences the quality of learning for students. A conducive learning environment is a prerequisite because children spend most of their time in schools. Tsamang Primary School, which is about 70kms away from Mongar town, has not been able to create an environment that assures learning …

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Education, teachers, challenges, and beyond…

Our teachers are confused. They are confused with reason. But Education Minister Norbu Wangchuk has made it plain what is what. And this is important. The whole confusion erupted because of half-baked media reports that came out some days ago. Teachers do not need teaching licence because they are professionals …

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Perception towards entrepreneurship must change

Although entrepreneurship is not a new concept in Bhutan, a recent labour ministry study has found that the social and economic conditions are still not conducive for new start-ups. With societal and cultural norms dictating the lives of the Bhutanese, educational institutions were found to produce employees instead of employers.  …

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Depriving information is undemocratic

The Mission 2018 journey for the Election Commission of Bhutan is becoming rougher by the day. It has been sued. Now, it is accused of withholding information regarding the authentication of university degree certificates for national council candidates.  The mandate to authenticate university degree is with the Bhutan Accreditation Council. …

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A lesson

The news of water contamination in some areas of Thimphu should be taken seriously. Playing blame game doesn’t help anybody. We are told that the thromde has taken necessary actions to make water safe to consume, but the affected residents say otherwise. They say that flushing the tanks and disinfecting …

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Ambiguous employment

Bhutan’s problem is not only with unemployment. With much attention and resources spent on giving work to jobless, we have overlooked the problems the employed face. Penden Cement Authority, the institution that’s touted to have cemented the foundation of Bhutan’s infrastructural needs has violated labour rules. It has kept more …

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Problems facing our schools

It is good news that Tsirangtoed Central School has now started to function as a proper school. The school until recently had no classrooms to deliver academic lessons to the students. While the schools across the country were rushing with lessons and other activities, students of Tsirangtoed Central School were …

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Elections should be people centric

More than 432,000 Bhutanese are eligible to vote in the National Council elections next month, which is about half of the country’s population. Along with the number of eligible voters, which has increased since the country’s first election when it saw 312, 817 voters, the number of council candidates and …

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Education and challenges

Textbooks ridden with mistakes are a problem. And we are talking about the declining quality of education. The real problem, however, seems to be that we are so uncomfortable accepting our flaws. Such thinking will not take us anywhere. The good news is that the Royal Education Council is making …

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Deterring drug abuse

Atleast one-person was arrested everyday in connection to controlled substances this year in Thimphu. Records show that 98 individuals comprising 71 abusers and 27 traffickers were caught in the capital until March 14. Among the seized substances were 14,898 SP plus capsules. A nationwide crackdown on drugs has begun since …

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