Im­proper teacher de­ploy­ment is one of the rea­sons for teacher short­age in the coun­try

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - SONAM PEN­JOR

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.

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