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Minister excited about new portfolio

Cabinet: In the company of his friends, he loves reciting lines from Macbeth. Tease him to recite any lines from any part of the Shakespearean tragedy and you will not be disappointed. His love for Shakespearean literature was one of the reasons why he chose to become a teacher. He still loves teaching.

“I’m always a teacher,” Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk

Minister excited about new portfolio

Cabinet: In the company of his friends, he loves reciting lines from Macbeth. Tease him to recite any lines from any part of the Shakespearean tragedy and you will not be disappointed. His love for Shakespearean literature was one of the reasons why he chose to become a teacher. He still loves teaching.

Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk will follow his passion with the government recommending him to be the new education minister after Lyonpo Mingbo Dukpa offered to step down.

Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk has a B.Sc degree majoring in botany and zoology, MBA and postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). He started his career as a teacher and moved on to become senior lecturer at the Royal Institute of Management (RIM) and later worked as an education researcher and consultant.

In 2013, many expected him to be the education minister. “It came by surprise that Lyonpo Norbu was appointed the economic affairs minister,” said a teacher who was with the minister last night to invite him for a school function, without knowing about the Cabinet reshuffle.

Officials from the economic affairs ministry said Lyonpo was hardworking and the ministry was able to deliver a lot, whether it was in hydropower or industries or the mining sector.

“I don’t want to look back, I am future oriented. But I will miss my colleagues at economic affairs ministry,” Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk said. In his residence last night, he looked excited and his passion for education is already oozing out through his words.

“Education is a powerful force that creates future of the nation and that is the whole excitement,” he said. “I am honoured.”

Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk helped design and develop the ‘Educating for Gross National Happiness’ that is currently used in all the schools and trained hundreds of teachers and principals while he was a consultant.

Even in the capacity of economic affairs minister, he had visited more than 50 schools in the country.

But he is also aware that education is a long-term investment, the fruits of which will not bear immediately.

Albeit the voluminous task to complete in a span of around two years, he still thinks he is a teacher.

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  1. It may be too early to congratulate to you sir, Honorable Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk on your new post on Education Minister but still “CONGRATULATION SIR”. Sir, We the Bhutanese student would expect a lot from you when you would be new education minister and we know that hon’ble dasho would fullfill our expect or our problems. Sir, the problem we the science student had is regarding rcsc exam done for science student. We had tough time in getting high percentage during college time and there too we have to focus more in our field. Because of focusing more in science field, our writing skill in english and Dzongkha standard had been very low(low don’t mean that we cant speak English and Dzongkha) compared to BA student but yet we had to face English and Dzongkha subject in rcsc exam. And even History and eco-social subject in general category where we the science student had left that subject in 10 standard and that’s why we are not very good compared to BA student. Some of science student are very interested in teaching but they are being knock out in rcsc exam( even in private or company job as sci student have low percentage than BA and yet we science are in general catergotry) as they dont get required mark in rcsc exam even though there are being vacant slot left like in 2015 rcsc exam. The problem is that, why do we have to face BA subject in rcsc exam in pgde category? In teaching the science subject like chemistry,math and physic, we dont need perfect dzongkha,english and history, do we?. Got low in English and Dzongkha dont mean poor in science subject? Because of facing different subject in rcsc exam compared to our own subject, many vacant slot are being left.

    Sir, we feel that who ever got recuited by rcsc exam are good in English, dzongkha and other required subject to pass rcsc exam(they may be good or not in any field that they got selected). Because of facing BA subject in rcsc, some of them who are very good in science subject are being left sir. We the science student feel that the maker and checker of rcsc exam are the BA student where they know only their BA subject and that’s why the question are only in BA subject Like if the main rcsc exam is science subject related, all the BA student would fail or would be uncomfortable.

    Sir, we the science are very interested in teaching and we are very in good in our field, and that’s why, we would ask you sir, “Let us face our own subject in PGDE category rcsc exam” as we will be teaching our own subject.

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