24 Cen­tral schools for­mally launched

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Pema Choki

Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay and the Am­bas­sador of In­dia to Bhutan Gau­tam Bam­bawale for­mally launch of 24 pi­lot cen­tral schools across 20 Dzongkhags at Wang­bama Cen­tral School, Genekha last Tues­day. Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Forests Ly­onpo Yeshey Dorji and Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Ly­onpo Mingbo Dukpa were also present at the event. The prin­ci­pal from the 24 cen­tral schools at­tend the cer­e­mony.

The day be­gan with the of­fer­ing of `Zhabten’ (long life prayer) to His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The Cen­tral Schools are ded­i­cated to the 60th Birth An­niver­sary Cel­e­bra­tion of the 4th Druk Gyalpo.

As ed­u­ca­tion is the key to al­le­vi­at­ing poverty and achiev­ing devel­op­ment phi­los­o­phy of Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness the gov­ern­ment ap­proved the estab­lish­ment of 24 pi­lot cen­tral schools in all 20 Dzongkhags to be pi­loted from the aca­demic ses­sion 2015 in Au­gust 2014. The main ra­tio­nale be­hind the cen­tral school is to bring in the qual­ity and ef­fi­ciency of the ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices by ra­tio­nal­iz­ing small and un­sus­tain­able schools, con­sol­i­dat­ing schools with the pro­vi­sion of board­ing and buss­ing ser­vices tom make up the crit­i­cal mass of stu­dents to war­rant op­ti­mum uti­liza­tion of re­sources and to op­ti­mum uti­liza­tion of fa­cil­i­ties and teach­ing – learn­ing re­sources. The iden­ti­fied cen­tral schools would pro­vide chil­dren with ad­e­quate board­ing and ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties and other sup­port ser­vices for all round devel­op­ment of the child.

The cen­tral schools will have grade ei­ther from PP to X or PP to XII with school sizes rang­ing from 400- 1000 stu­dents. As far as pos­si­ble to fa­cil­i­tate spe­cial at­ten­tion for the ju­nior chil­dren, there will be sep­a­rate cam­puses within the main cam­pus or nearby pri­mary school un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tive ju­ris­dic­tion of one prin­ci­pal.

The stu­dents will be pro­vided with free food, sta­tionery and board­ing fa­cil­i­ties. A monthly stipend of Nu. 1000 per stu­dents for board­ers will also be paid. Ad­di­tional pro­vi­sions like care­givers, school sports in­struc­tors and washer man will also be pro­vided.

The re­cruits of nurses in th­ese schools are also in con­sul­ta­tion with the Min­istry of Health.

The gov­ern­ment of In­dia has sup­ported the estab­lish­ment of 49 schools in the coun­try un­der its project tied as­sis­tance and small devel­op­ment grants. The Pres­i­dent of In­dia , Pranab Mukher­jee dur­ing his visit to Bhutan in Novem­ber last year com­mit­ted Nu.3,487.20 mil­lion for 37 cen­tral schools un­der the school re­form pro­gramme and in­au­gu­rated the Yelchen Cen­tral School.

The ed­u­ca­tion in Bhutan has ex­panded con­sid­er­ably from only 11 schools with 400 stu­dents at the start of planned eco­nomic devel­op­ment in 1961 to 551 schools and 107ex­tended class rooms pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion to 1,72,393 stu­dents. The Net Pri­mary en­roll­ment ra­tion has reached 96% which in­di­cates that al­most all the chil­dren at school go­ing age are in the schools.

A to­tal of 14966 stu­dents have been en­rolled in the 24 cen­tral schools which in­cludes 7399 boys and 7567 girls while 9280 are board­ers and 5686 are day schol­ars. The A to­tal of 1254 teach­ers and 360 sup­port staff are placed in the cen­tral schools around the coun­try.

“Cen­tral schools have only one ob­jec­tive: im­prove the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion,” tweeted Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay on Twit­ter

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