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NFE is vital part of Bhutan’s education system

Education is at the heart of the nation’s development. Including all Bhutanese in the system has been our endeavour from the first day. Looking back, our investments have been more than worthwhile. Although, the nation is grappling with issues like rising youth unemployment, which indicates the failure of our education …

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Job creation will come only when private sector grows

Although private sector growth is recognised as critically important to create employment opportunities in the country, Bhutan has not been able to make it happen in a significant way. While close to 40 percent of the small- and medium-sized and 23 large-sized firms continue to face shortage of skilled workers, …

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Tackling climate change will be a challenge

Draft Climate Change Policy says that there should be a Climate Change Act, which would ensure coherent and clear implementation of national climate priorities in line with international obligations. Bhutan is among the 174 countries that signed the Paris Agreement for Climate Change on April 22 in 2016. The agreement …

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Corruption paved roads?

The construction of roads is associated with progress and development. But questions continue to arise on the quality of roads. The loss to welfare is evident through poor road condition and the ACC’s recent report on public road condition indicated pervasive corruption in public road construction. It established higher prevalence …

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Bringing national priority into focus

Political stunt or no, some interesting developments are continuing to surprise the Bhutanese people.  The latest in the line of remarkable events is the leave that Labour Minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo sought, which the prime minister granted, to allow Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate some aspects of the initiatives that the …

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Please enlighten us

Sherig conference came and then it was over, just as it arrived, quietly. Media had no space at the conference. We are now told that the conference rolled out some significant plans for the education sector. It is wonderful why subject as important as education should be kept out of …

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Are we employing the right way?

Fifteen students from Laya are in Thimphu for education tour. They are among the best students in the school. The main idea behind the tour is to encourage them to stay in the school system. In the highlands, children leave school after primary education because of many factors. Highlanders meeting …

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Reform public service delivery

Reforms in public service delivery have received considerable attention over the past years. With technology as a key enabler, the government past and the incumbent has made attempts to improve public service delivery. But these efforts continue to fall short, to the extent that the competency of the organisation that …

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As new year dawns upon us

The Gregorian New Year is upon us; we are in the first days of 2018. We may be in the depths of a severe winter, but it is a time for good wishes and earnest prayers. That is why we celebrate the coming of the new year with extraordinary zeal. …

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The burden of farming

Agriculture has today become synonymous to poverty. Although the incidence of poverty has declined in the sector, agriculture still contributes the highest to the country’s national poverty rate. From 43.9 percent in 2012, agriculture sector’s contribution to poverty has increased to 68.8 percent this year. This means most of the …

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Mental healthcare must go nationwide

Unlike other diseases, mental health remains hidden in Bhutan largely because of belief systems in the society. Records available at the hospitals do not give us the real picture of the number of population living with mental illness. Many do not come or are discouraged to seek treatment at health …

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Powers of the empowered

Zhemgang​‘s​ ​Dzongkhag ​T​shogdu has decided to re-deliberate its resolution of making the national dress mandatory for ​the dzongkhag’s residents. This is a wise move for its earlier resolution received much flak, not so much because the decision was taken to preserve culture and tradition, but because it was felt to …

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Hoarding resources

Rumours were rife about a possible hike in price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in the capital. But agencies concerned did not intervene to refute such speculations​.​ ​Given our compulsive tendency to hoard, we are now facing shortage of LPG in fuel depots. This artificial shortage that has been created …

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