It is not sure if the generous salary revision for teachers or the rising unemployment is attracting more university graduates to the teaching profession, but the number surely has increased.
About 846 graduates will compete for the 265 slots in the Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) this year in the Bhutan Civil Service Examination (BCSE) 2019.
This is an increase of 60 slots compared with 2018. Last year a total of 286 graduates appeared the examination for 205 PGDE slots.
Of the 864 candidates registered for PGDE this year, 519 are general graduates while 327 are graduates with Dzongkha background.
Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) officials said that based on the outcome of Preliminary Examination (PE), the candidate would be allowed to change their category of examination. “However, they will have to fulfill the requirements during the documents verification and confirmation of their candidature for the main examination,” the official said.
From this year, the duration for the PGDE course has also been extended to 18 months, based on the proposal of the education ministry.
Candidates who undergo the 18-month PGDE course would also be eligible for their first promotion after four years of service, including the probation period. The course used to be for nine months with promotion eligible only after five years in service.
Of the total PGDE vacancies, Dzongkha has the highest (100) seats, followed by Arts, Science, IT, and Guidance and Counselling.
Although 3,600 graduates registered for the PE, only 3,256 candidates appeared for PE on August 4. The result would be declared on August 22. Last year, only 3,218 graduates appeared the PE.
This year, with a total of 683, the vacancies in the civil service have increased by 94. RCSC has announced a total of 85 seats in the Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Administration, PGD in Finance Management, and PGD in National Law, which includes administration service, finance service and technical service.
There are 333 slots in the technical service of which the highest seats are available in the position title of clinical nurses with 90 followed by 35 seats in general duty medical officer (MBBS). There are 39 positions in technical service – engineering, architect, forestry officer, physiotherapist, and geologist.
The RCSC has also notified that the vacancies in the technical service would change based on the number of candidates qualifying in the PE, availability of the field of studies or specialisation and verification of documents. This year, the vacancies for Bachelors in Education (B.Ed.) in the education service has also increased to 384 from 254 vacancies in 2018. 649 B.Ed. graduates registered for the BCSE 2019 in B.Ed.
The highest vacancies are in the general subject with 160 seats for B.Ed. Primary followed by 53 seats in Dzongkha subject. This time the vacancies for Special Education Needs (English) has also increased by 31 in the B.Ed. Primary and five seats for Special Needs in Maths for B.Ed. Secondary with Maths elective.
Thirty seats are also available for Guidance and Counselling this year.
The BCSE 2019 main examination is scheduled for October 11-13.
Yangchen C Rinzin