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Pay revision needs an alternative model

It seems that the Pay Commission has proposed to the government a 20% pay revision for civil servants like previous pay revisions, which I think is not the best available option especially in the context of minimizing income gap. Therefore, in order to address the problems of people in the vulnerable income groups, it is necessary to look at a modest and alternative model of pay revision, which is somewhat different to the previous pay revision model.   Current Situation Analysis The need for a [... Read More]

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 economic gains? Are we desperate enough for economic [... 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 where they met their lifelong dear friend Mr Nari [... 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 ever conscious of the inevitability of death. He knew [... 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 these, in the bad old days, [... 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 – the latest annual assessment of the ease of doing [... 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 to provide an all round education [... 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 report which shrouds some parts of the research findings in [... 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 exposé are way out of their [... 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 is special and significant in [... Read More]

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