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BCSEA must regain public trust

Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA) will not reconduct BHSEC-XII English II examination. That is one of the greatest shockers the nation got in recent memory as BCSEA issued a communiqué to the media houses yesterday. The board has decided to evaluate English II paper and award the marks accordingly. What to make of this decision from a highly regarded office, we do not know. Authorities knew of the leakage of the paper on the very day of examination. That was one month [... Read More]

Lack of toilet etiquette

If the level of a society is measured by how public facilities are maintained, we are not very far from being barbaric.  This is particularly true when it comes to public toilets. And there is no denying that when it comes to the toilets at the two football stadiums.  The renovated national stadium boasts of huge sitting capacity and artificial turf with floodlights.  But there is no adjective to describe the state of the toilets located beneath the stadium. Sinks stained with doma juice and [... Read More]

PM stays true to type

Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay is not known as an eloquent speaker.  But he did steal the hearts of those attending the Vibrant Gujarat Summit, among who were influential world leaders and India’s top-drawer businesspeople. The short address was punctuated with loud applause as lyonchhoen mixed his speech with chaste Hindi to the astonishment of the audience and the leaders.  Rave reviews, together with videos of the address, appeared on many websites, both local and Indian.  And he didn’t read that from a speech copy. But what [... Read More]

Look beyond civil service

There was a time when you did not have to worry about getting a job. You only had to finish school or graduate with a degree. There were always jobs available. We are living in a very different time today. Jobs in the government sectors are becoming scarce year after year. Our private sector is too small and weak to be able to create employment opportunities. Thousands of young people graduate from colleges and universities every year. Soaring youth unemployment is one of the major [... Read More]

Speed breaking the vehicle number

If the number of cars is any yardstick for development, we are speeding. From about 12,000 vehicles in the country two decades ago, there are almost 68,700 vehicles in the country. This is a huge number. We have one vehicle for every 11 people or 90 vehicles for every 1,000 people, topping the motor vehicle per capita in the SAARC region. But this is nothing to be proud of. While there had certainly been improvement is socioeconomic developments, we are experiencing a lot of problems [... Read More]

The corporate salary revision

The suspense continues.  It has been six months since the civil servants’ salary was revised with the 20 percent housing allowance they enjoyed getting clubbed to the raise. The trend in the past was that an automatic raise followed for the thousands working in companies under the Druk Holding and Investment (DHI) and the state owned enterprises or corporations. The silence on the raise for the corporations is speaking volumes. Should there be an automatic raise for the corporations?  What should the corporations be paid [... Read More]

Sharing information

Information is power. In the democratic establishment we are in today, providing timely and relevant information is vital for transparency and accountability and for people to make informed decisions. The highest law, the Constitution, guarantees the right to information to all citizens. This means that it is the birth right of individuals in the society to have access to information. Media is there just as a vehicle to carry information to the citizens. As individual citizens cannot approach agencies or ministries for information on a [... Read More]

Thinking beyond cost

English I is a subject that is different from English II. That’s why students have to sit two different exams. If the two subjects were the same, or almost, as BCSEA would like us believe, why are we taxing our teachers by making them teach two different things that are in essence just one and the same? This is the question parents and students are asking  in the wake of BCSEA’s decision to not conduct English II exam again. Authorities owe an honest answer to [... Read More]

Plugging the loopholes

In settling a long legal battle amongst four businessmen, the High Court has revealed several loopholes in the system of governance. They have found that the litigants had not paid income tax for years and expressed grave concerns of how businesses are getting away evading taxes. The High Court has also asked the department of revenue and customs to calculate and collect taxes based on income tax rules from the four businessmen. Going by the figures presented at the court, the amount not collected or [... Read More]

Fairly unfair

There will be no re-examination of the English paper II, says the Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA) board. The board unanimously decided that the best option at the moment is to validate the results based on marks students obtained in the sister paper, English I. This means that if a student scored 70 in English I, it will be considered the same for English II. The board had, after much consultations and thought, decided that this is the best way forward in [... Read More]

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