Teach­ing pro­fes­sion

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

Teach­ing is al­ways been re­garded as a noble pro­fes­sion in our Bhutanese so­ci­ety and the teach­ers oc­cupy a spe­cial place in our so­ci­ety. The teach­ers play a spe­cial role in shap­ing the fu­ture cit­i­zens of our coun­try. The re­spon­si­bil­ity of be­ing a teacher seems too huge as a slight fail­ure in the pro­fes­sion would cost huge to the whole na­tion.

With the in­tro­duc­tion of the school ed­u­ca­tion in Bhutan in late 50’s, teach­ers were hired from In­dia and the teacher train­ing in­sti­tutes was es­tab­lished to train na­tional teach­ers. De­spite the re­mote­ness, the rugged ter­rains and lack of in­fras­truc­tures the teach­ers had served their best. They have been given the recog­ni­tion from the high­est au­thor­ity where 71 teach­ers re­ceived the Na­tional Or­der of Merit Gold dur­ing the Na­tional Day cel­e­bra­tion last year.

Rec­og­niz­ing the im­por­tance of the teach­ers, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has al­ways given much im­por­tance to the train­ing of the teach­ers and pro­vided but in coun­try and abroad in­clud­ing coun­tries like Canada and Aus­tralia. Fur­ther to make the teach­ers more at­tracted to teach­ing pro­fes­sion the Min­istry had even en­cour­aged dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion for the school teach­ers.

How­ever all seems to be not well with the teach­ing pro­fes­sion as there was a hue and cry on the re­cruit­ment of only 182 of the B. Ed grad­u­ates in the gov­ern­ment schools from the 417 grad­u­ates. The rest might have to look for the jobs in a hand­ful of pri­vate schools. In the re­cent meet the press ses­sion the Prime Min­is­ter had made it clear that the train­ers in the train­ing in­sti­tute has been mis­led and they will not qual­ify for the gov­ern­ment job au­to­mat­i­cally.

More the Prime Min­is­ter had in­structed the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Royal Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion and the Min­istry of Labour and Hu­man Re­sources to re­view the is­sue and come up with im­me­di­ate so­lu­tions and to ex­plore the job prospects for them in the com­ing year.

In or­der to re­solve such cri­sis in fu­ture and make teach­ing a noble pro­fes­sion the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion may have to re­store to the re­cruit­ment of teach­ers in Sin­ga­pore where the en­try to the teach­ing pro­fes­sion is highly se­lec­tive with in­ter­views and tests as se­lec­tion mech­a­nisms. The teach­ers in th­ese coun­tries are re­cruited from amongst the top 30 per­cent of the grad­u­ates. It has been given to un­der­stand that low aca­demic and pro­fes­sional stan­dards for en­try into the teach­ing are the ma­jor con­straints in the sys­tem which af­fects stu­dents’ per­for­mance.

As the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion ,, RCSC and Min­istry of Labour and Hu­man Re­sources is work­ing to­wards in re­solv­ing the is­sues at hand and to ex­plore the pos­si­bil­i­ties for fu­ture , we see a ray of hope at the end of the tun­nel for the teach­ing pro­fes­sion­als.

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