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Protect before preserving

Choeten and lhakhang, the sacred sanctums that the Bhutanese venerated deeply are today under threat. We hear about vandalism and theft of relics almost every day. Our religious and heritage sites are increasingly becoming vulnerable to the shocking and deplorable manifestations of human greed. Recently, Mongar’s dzongkhag court sentenced 12 …

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The politics of opening a college

The College of Rigney in Trashiyangtse is now renamed as the College of Zorig Chusum. Following media reports on the closure of the college of Rigney in Trashiyangtse, the labour ministry swiftly moved a note sheet to rename the college, which the prime minster approved. But reports from the field …

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Calling for high moral and professional standards in hospitals

Hospitals and health centres are places where people come to seek critical health services and feel safe, not to get sexually assaulted. Reportedly, an incident occurred on April 5 where an operating theatre (OT) technician allegedly sexually assaulted a 30-year-old woman attendant after injecting an anaesthetic drug. The technician called …

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​Qualification recognition conundrum

In less than two weeks, the country will elect its National Council members. With election boards now plastered with campaign materials, public debates and common forums underway​,​ and postal ballot envelopes visible, there appears to be some sense, if not enthusiasm, of an election process being underway. Perhaps, this is …

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Unemployment, education, and the future

At a time when youth unemployment in the country is increasing by the year, looking at the future of education is more than just significant because talking about the future of education is looking at the future of the nation. If as education officials maintain that the education system that …

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Rethinking education

The education ministry has announced that the 12th Plan will focus on teacher development initiatives. The requirement of a ​master‘s degree for teachers is among the  plans the ministry wants to implement to empower ​our teachers. It plans to provide housing, professional development training​,​ and laptops to teachers.  These initiatives …

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Addressing LPG shortage

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), the principal cooking fuel now in both urban and rural parts of the country, put us in difficult position from time to time. This is because we import the gas, which sometimes, is in short supply from the source. That a majority of our rural cousins …

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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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