Improper teacher deployment is one of the reasons for teacher shortage in the country
As per annual education statistics (AES) 2014, the national student-teacher ratio shows 20:1, however, there is a shortage of teacher at the primary level, according to the Bhutan Education Blueprint 2014-2024.
Bhutan Education Blueprint 2014-2024 states that improper teacher deployment is one of the reasons for teacher shortages in the country.
It further states that, rural schools suffer from shortage of teachers leading to multi-grade teaching by inexperienced teachers.
The teacher shortages in the fields like Dzongkha, Science, Health and Physical Education, Geography, History, Information Technology and Mathematics.
Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay said during the recent meet the press session that the government and the school needs a teacher for Mathematics and the Science teacher but that is what is not available in our country.
Urban schools have high student-teacher ratio which impedes effective teaching and learning, states the Bhutan Education Blueprint 2014-2024.
It also states that existence of small schools in the remote corners of the country is one of the factors leading to teacher shortages.
While consultation with the public, it indicated that competent and experienced teachers mostly were found in urban schools, whereas new teachers with minimal experienced were posted in rural schools.
Public at the consultations have also questioned the competency of the contract teachers and the teachers who were deployed without proper training in the teaching, states the Bhutan Education Blueprint 2014-2024.
The Bhutan Education Blueprint 2014-2024 further states that between the year 2013 and 2014 itself 179 teachers or roughly two percent of the total teachers in the government schools have left the teaching profession.
Although, the percentage has gone down by two percent
from the previous year, public at the consultations expressed concern with qualified and experienced teachers leaving the system, states the Bhutan Education Blueprint 2014-2024.
It has also been observed that there are frequent teacher transfer in schools which affect the smooth functioning of schools, especially in teaching and learning.
To improve the teacher deployment, during the public consultation, it had recommended that implement teacher human resource policy to improve teacher deployment, recruiting of professionals for extracurricular activities in schools and to establish teacher council for teachers’ redresses welfare, certification and licensing.