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Teacher attrition increasing

A total of 480 public school teachers left the system between 2018 and 2019, 125 more than last year.Going by the records, 2019 saw the highest attrition rate (5.44 percent) in the last five years, according to the Annual Education Statistics 2019 released yesterday.

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What’s the role of dzongdag in LG?

With decentralisation of power to elected local governments, the need to redefine the role of dzongdags, who were traditionally the chief executive officers of the dzongkhags, has been felt.Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering recently met with officials from the Department of Local Governance (DLG) to analyse the decentralisation process and the role of dzongdags. Gewogs today plan and execute most works independently.

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Issues that render LGs ineffective

Limited understanding of the roles of local governments (LGs) at the local level and lack of LG administrations’ capacity to implement decisions have affected the effective functioning of Dzongkhag Tshogdus (DTs) and Gewog Tshogdes (GTs), a study has revealed.

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Bhutan is all good to graduate

Notwithstanding the graduation from the Least Developed Country (LDC) category, which is bound to happen in 2023, Bhutan should remain vigilant of various cooperation and support that various agencies have committed.The programme coordinator of Economic Analysis and Policy Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Namsuk Kim (PhD) told Kuensel that as long as Bhutan knows what’s the priority and chanelise the commitment, it should be fine.

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Educating the nation for 50 years without a policy

There are 512 schools in the country today

Modern education in Bhutan began in the mid-1950s just as the country was gearing towards planned development. Until then monastic education was the main form of education but it was not accessible to the general population.The change in the education system was supposed to usher in the giant leap forward for the country. It was seen as the most important aspect of Bhutan’s development aspirations. Therefore, education received the highest priority.

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BICMA calls for PUBG ban

At least an hour is spent on completing a PUBG match

Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) has called for the ban on the online multi-player game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) in the country citing its negative impact on young people.The game has been banned in other countries due to its addictive and violent nature.

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MoH to reform procurement system

With procurement coming under a lot of questions, the health ministry is exploring to reform the medical procurement system, including buying from manufacturers and doing away with middlemen.Health Minister Dechen Wangmo, at the first high-level committee meeting yesterday, said that quite a significant amount of the health budget is spent on procurement. “About 70 percent of our budget goes into procuring commodities including drugs,” Lyonpo said adding that even health infrastructure is a part of the procurement. “Look at the quality we have. We have some fundamental issues of procurement so we are trying to solve it.”

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