Education: With the school’s structures prone to disaster, the lower Salami primary school (PS) in Tsirang was merged with the upper Salami PS last week.
The lower Salami PS, which has 23 students from pre primary to class II, is now part of Salami PS, which opened in March 2012 with classes III- IV. The lower Salami PS had eight classrooms and three teachers.
Salami PS’s principal Rigzin Thinley said the lower school’s structures were built in the 50s and prone to disasters. “We merged the school for the safety of students and to enhance the quality of education,” he said.
Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck, who is in Lucerne, Switzerland on the invitation of the World Tourism Forum delivered the keynote address at the opening of the forum on April 23.
Education is in the limelight yet again. Not for any encouraging reason, however.
Schools in Thimphu are bursting at the seams. Some schools in the capital are forced to convert laboratories into classrooms because of excessive admission pressure. At the same time, schools in rural pockets of the country are experiencing drastic enrolment drop.
Claims for 873 houses across 11 districts have been estimated at about Nu 15 million
Windstorm: Save for Tsirang and Dagana, the Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan (RICBL) has completed paying rural insurance claims for all houses that reported minor to major damages from the April 4 windstorm.
The windstorm, which lasted for about 10 minutes, caused damage in 11 districts, although the disaster management department had initially stated nine districts in its preliminary reports. During field assessments, RICBL officials said, two more districts, Haa and Bumthang, also reported damage. About 10 houses in Gakiling, Haa and one in Bumthang reported damage from the windstorm.
Villagers in Phongmey blame tree felling and overgrazing by ‘outsiders’ for their perennial plight
Disaster: For years, people on the foothills of Karmagonpa and Gazarey in Phongmey gewog have been bearing the wrath of repeated landslides and floods.
They claim it is because of felling of trees by Radhipas and overgrazing of cattle by the highlanders of Chebling in Merak.
More than 100 households of Karmagonpa and Gazarey lie between two rivers, the Dungjuri and the Yudiri. During the summer, rainwater easily runs from the higher areas and flows into the two rivers, causing floods and landslides.
But the laws of demand and supply have already forced fares down
Fares: Despite a recent study finding that existing taxi and bus fares need to be decreased due to fuel price fluctuations in the past 16 months, there will be no revision.
A recent assessment by the Ministry of Information and Communications and the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) found that the existing bus fare should be decreased by at least three percent and by Nu 1-3 for taxis.
Loan seekers are irate at receiving no word on, let alone funds from, their applications
Loans: Local government leaders in Bumthang asked the Business Opportunity and Information Center (BOiC) to clarify if loans the villagers had applied for months ago will ever be released during a recent dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) session.
The issue came up for discussion after BOiC failed to release loans even after the onset of the potato cultivation season. Most villagers had applied for loans for non-formal rural activities, which is Nu 100,000 to either buy potato seeds, fertilisers or a Jersey cow.
A three-day Volunteers for Voter Information, Communication and Education training of trainers (ToT) workshop in Thimphu for 20 volunteers ends today. The participants will be sent to the communities in Trashiyangtse dzongkhag to conduct voter awareness on electoral democracy and participation. The programme will be replicated in other dzongkhags.
The programme was piloted last year in which 15 trained volunteers conducted voter awareness in Chukha’s 11 gewogs and a thromde.
Breaking News: Druk Phuensum Tshogpa today submitted to court that it wants to withdraw the defamation case it had filed against a former deputy minister, Dasho Paljor J Dorji, following comments he made on social media regarding the party, almost eight months ago.
Old infrastructure and shortage of classrooms have pushed schools to use laboratories as classrooms
Education: Almost all classrooms of Thimphu thromde public schools are overcrowded with some schools using laboratories as classrooms.
Thromde and school officials said this is a result of intense admission pressure they faced this year. In 2015 alone, Thimphu thromde received over 1,000 additional students in its 19 schools, which is double of what the schools took in the previous years. The revision of private school fees is also attributed to the increased admission pressures.
Loseling Middle Secondary High School (MSS) in Changjiji, for instance, has partitioned its biology laboratory into two to accommodate two sections of class III. All equipment from the lab is shifted to chemistry and physics lab.