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Teacher attrition highest in 2017

With 345 teachers leaving the profession, 2017 recorded the highest attrition rate in the last decade.

According to the 2017 annual education statistics, 2,346 public school teachers have left the profession. The least was in 2008 with 102 teachers.

It also stated that 1,467 teachers left the profession on voluntary resignation, followed by 305 teachers who superannuated, 283 teachers either died or were terminated, 251 left after the expiry of contract, and 40 teachers left on compulsory retirement.

The report stated that about 3.6 percent of the teachers in public schools leave the profession every year on an average.

Records show that although there was a drop in teacher attrition in 2014 and 2015 with 179 and 198 teachers, it has increased over the years with 154 teachers leaving in 2009 and 290 teachers in 2016.

Records show that of the 345 teachers who left the system between 2016 and 2017, 260 teachers voluntarily resigned, 56 superannuated, four compulsorily retired, nine left after their contract ended and 16 left because of other reasons.

The report also showed that a total of 578 national contract teachers and 651 expatriate contract teachers left teaching because the contract completed between 2008 and 2017.

Of the 8,644 public school teachers in the country today, more than half possess a Bachelor’s degree, 1,153 have a Master’s degree and only five have completed PhD.

It states that there are 7,612 teachers since 1,032 teachers are on long-term leave as of June 2017. Of this, 656 are on study leave and the rest are on extraordinary and maternity leave, the report stated.

According to the report, there are also 771 in private schools. “The proportion of female teachers is about 41 percent in public schools and about 44 percent in private schools.”

Meanwhile, the report stated that although the government is trying to decrease the dependence on expatriate teachers, which was introduced since1960s, the dependence on expatriate teachers are more in the private schools.

There are 214 expatriate teachers in the country as of 2017.

Yangchen C Rinzin

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