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.