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What WTO membership would entail

With new leaders at the helm of the government, Bhutan is once again fancying WTO membership. While a final decision lies with the leadership of the government, the national interest must ensure that other voices also be heard while making the final decision.

Several questions thus arise.

WTO membership entails free trade, open market and globalization, but are we ready to hand over our country to the multi-national companies so they can do whatever they want for [... Read More]

A tribute to my beloved brother Lyonchen Jigme Palden Dorji

Lyonchen Jigme Palden Dorji, the late Prime Minister of Bhutan, was the eldest son of Gyongzim Sonam Tobgye Dorji and Mayuem Choing Wangmo Dorji.

He was born in Kalimpong on December 14, 1919. Lyonchen Jigme Palden Dorji studied in North Point in Darjeeling and in Bishop Cotton School in Simla with his first cousins, Crown Prince Paljor Namgyal and Prince Thondup Namgyal of Sikkim. Later Jigme and Crown Prince Thondup Namgyal joined ICS in Dehra Dun [... Read More]

North Point Mourns Jigme Dorji

On the 50th death anniversary of Lyonchen Jigme Dorji

“But who knows what?”- a very characteristic phrase frequently upon the lips of the Prime Minister of Bhutan seems to have been very characteristics of his entire life, and more especially so after his sudden, tragic death. He loved life and filled all the forty-five years of his with activities, which most people would not have had time for even in a hundred years. But, he was [... Read More]

What’s up with education down today?

A layman’s (as opposed to academic) diagnosis of the state of health of our school system

PART FOUR

It takes a fresh start to make a happily ever after

FORMAL education, which is the fancy name for school, used to come in two forms: classical and functional.  Their parallels, in the UK context (our medium of instruction is English; so GB is the motherland, by the same token), were ye olde public and grammar schools resp.

The first of [... Read More]

Business key to job creation, economic growth

When it comes to doing business, there are few places worse, it seems, than the likes of Myanmar, also known as Burma.  That’s at least, according to the World Bank, which has Myanmar ranked as worst in Asia – at 182nd of 189 rated economies – on the ease of doing business.  That’s even worse than 141st-ranked Bhutan.

Rounding out the “Top 5” for worst in Asia in The World Bank 2014 Doing Business report – [... Read More]

What’s up with education down today?

A layman’s (as opposed to academic) diagnosis of the state of health of our school system

PART THREE

 

The curriculum needs a turnaround, not a tinkering around with

THE first (but not last or least) attempt to tweak the curriculum, if I remember right, came about in the mid to late eighties.  This was the well intentioned, but perhaps not thought through, ‘new approach to primary education’ or NAPE.  Its aim, a step in the right direction, was [... Read More]

Teachers’ Job Satisfaction in Bhutan: A word of caution to users?

Thiis article critiques the research titled “Teachers’ Job Satisfaction in Bhutan” (Namgay & Yuden, 2013). This mixed-methods study was reported to be commissioned by Ministry of Education and conducted by two Chief Research Officers from the Royal Education Council. MoE and REC are among the most influential authorities with regards to education, therefore I wouldn’t be surprised if educational policies springboard from the findings of the study. However, there are certain critical aspects of the [... Read More]

What’s up with education down today?

A layman’s (as opposed to academic) diagnosis of the state of health of our school system

PART TWO

 

The litany of woes that besets our schools today

Now this is not to slam a soul of the many in this the most populous of ministries; least of all our stalwart teachers, who soldier on, doing a grand job despite the odds they deal with on a daily basis.  Most of the flaws to be ticked off in this [... Read More]

As the World Looks to Bhutan…

The world-embracing vision of a young king

The deepest yearning of every human being!

It’s name is Gyalyong Gakid Pelzom…

 

The most precious object in the world is life. And the most cherished goal of life is happiness. The means may differ, but the end is one. All human striving is directed at realising this goal. Time and place and personal circumstances are immaterial to this native yearning of the human heart.

This is why the 20th of March [... Read More]

Post-2015 – why should Bhutan care?

NDP-report

If I told people that my position is called “Post-2015 National Coordinator”, majority wouldn’t have the faintest idea what such a person actually does. This article tries to explain what post-2015 means, and what is its relevance to Bhutan

Today the world celebrates the UN International Day of Happiness, marked for the second time. Bhutan initiated the Day to raise awareness on the need for a more holistic approach to development.

The happiness day is essentially linked [... Read More]

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