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Govt. to do away exams for primary schools in phases

Students of classes pre-primary to three will not have to appear examinations from 2020 as the education ministry expects to implement a formative assessment for these grades. Education minister Jai Bir Rai said the ministry has discussed this with the Bhutan Council of School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA).

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Govt. to buy back about 380MT of cardamom 

The agriculture ministry would buy the remaining cardamom stock with the farmers within this month, agriculture minister said yesterday. The ministry estimates that about 380 metric tons of cardamom are still with the farmers. Agriculture minister Yeshey Penjor said the ministry would export after buying the spice from the farmers.

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MoE studying cut off options for class X

The education ministry is studying how best to remove the cut-off point for Class X students and enable them to continue studying until Class XII.  Education minister Jai Bir Rai said that the study is likely to take about six months to complete. “We should be able to roll out the programme latest by 2020,” he said. 

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PM to visit India on December 27

Keeping with tradition, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering will visit New Delhi, India on the invitation of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 27. This is the first official visit by the newly elected Prime Minister.

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Maternal health improves

The situation of maternal health in the country has improved over the years. The maternal mortality rate (MMR) has decreased to 89 in 2017 from 380 per 100,000 live births in 1994. This is according to a study on the situation of maternal health in Bhutan, published in the recent Bhutan Health Journal.

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111th National Day

The 111th National Day will be celebrated in Samtse this year. Here is the official logo and theme song for the celebrations. Samtse hosted the 95th National Day in 2002. 111th National Day Theme Song

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