Government is creating job opportunities for the contract teachers
During the question and hour session in the national assembly last Friday, representative from Panbang, MP Dorji Wangdi questioned to the ministry of labour and human resources about the government’s strategies and plans to address the employment issues of the present contract teachers, community teachers also for the new batch of university graduates of 2015.
In responding to the questions, to solve the teacher shortages, Minister for Labour and Human Resources, Lyonpo Nyeema Sangay Tshempo said that contract teachers were recruited as and when there were shortages of teacher in the country.
Lyonpo said that as of now there are 213 university graduates and another 343 were class twelve graduates as contract teachers. Out of 213 university graduates 70 contract teachers will have their contract period expiring by next year.
Since the government has a great concerned on these issues, Lyonpo said that when the contract term is over, the ministry is planning to create and provide employment opportunities for them.
For the entire contract teachers they have 2-3 years of teaching expe- rience and will discuss with the Ministry of Education to provide certificates to be eligible for the teacher training license. As the teacher license is required in other countries, so if they have, they will have the opportunity to seek employment in other country as well.
Lyonpo further said that ministry is discussing with Royal Institute of Management (RIM) for teacher knowledge test certificates so that they will get employment opportunity in other country.
Besides that, Lyonpo also said that there are many other employment opportunity programs for university graduates which is provided by the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources like Guaranteed Employment Program (GEP), where they will get monthly of Nu.11,200, where Nu.7,500 will be paid by ministry and remaining Nu.3,750 will be paid by employing agencies.
While sending as overseas employment, ministry gives more opportunity to the university graduates. He also cited that a batch of university graduate which consists of 148 will be sending to Kuwait as sales associates since their two months training is over, said the Lyonpo.
Lyonpo further added that ministry is also providing training for the university graduates to enhance the skill by the university graduate to get employed in within the country or in any countries.
Even for the new batch of university graduates, Lyonpo said that they are concerning for the upcoming batch and they are creating job opportunity for them, said the Lyonpo.
Meanwhile, Lyonpo also said that for the self employment, they have program that ministry will signing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Business Opportunity and Information Centre (BOiC) and will provide loan and support to the youths who wanted to avail loan to start the business.