YHSS cel­e­brates 50 Years

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One of the old­est schools in Bhutan, Yangchen­phu Higher Sec­ondary School (YHSS) is cel­e­brat­ing its Golden Ju­bilee.

The cel­e­bra­tion kicked off last Mon­day which was graced by the princesses. The event is held within the school cam­pus which glowed with colours and filled with joys.

Stu­dents, teach­ers and alumni pre­sented the event with dances, mu­sic, food and en­ter­tain­ment to the guests and the spec­ta­tors.

Es­tab­lished in 1965 with 91 stu­dents as res­i­dent school, it was a started by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.

His Majesty the King served as the school cap­tain dur­ing his four and half years of stint at the school.

The prin­ci­pal of the school, Pema C Wangdi, said in her speech dur­ing the event, that the school also cher­ishes the school­ing days of their royal high­nesses Dasho Ji­gyel Ugyen Wangchuck, Dasho Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and Dasho kham­sum Singye Wangchuck.

The host of pro­grammes kept the au­di­ence en­thused which started with the school song ‘Gawai Yangchen­phu’.

A se­ries of com­mem­o­ra­tive events took place dur­ing the week end­ing the Septem­ber. The school also staged a va­ri­ety show which was the high­light of the cel­e­bra­tion. History of YHSS Yangchen­phug Higher Sec­ondary School is con­sid­ered the pre­miere school in Bhutan, lead­ing in the na­tion in giv­ing qual­ity and whole­some ed­u­ca­tion to its stu­dents. The school was started in 1965 by His Majesty the third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

Speak­ing at the in­au­gu­ra­tion, the third kind proph­e­sied the fu­ture suc­cess of the school, “I think our new beloved school is go­ing to be one of the jewels of the fu­ture of Bhutan or at least we should make it one of the real jewels of the Thim­phu val­ley.”

Ini­tially the school started as a co-ed, residential school named Thim­phu Public School, run on the pat­tern of Public schools in In­dia. The school had classes from Kinder­garten to four. The first batch of fac­ulty in­cluded 6 teach­ers.

In the be­gin­ning of 1976, Thim­phu Public School was re­named to Yangchen­phug Cen­tral School; a decade later it be­came Yangchep­n­hug High School. In 2001, the in­sti­tu­tion was adorned with the new name Yangchen­phug Higher Sec­ondary School, which it now holds. This was part of the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry’s drive at cat­e­gori­sa­tion of lev­els of schools.

In the 70s, the school had a strength of just over 250. Dur­ing the early 90s the stu­dent num­ber steadily rose to about 500, pri­mar­ily con­sist­ing of res­i­dent stu­dents and a few day scholars. In 1994, Yangcheng­phug be­came a day school. To cope with the ad­mis­sion pres­sure and ac­com­mo­date teem­ing num­ber of stu­dents, hos­tel build­ings were trans­formed to class­rooms, aban­don­ing the board­ing tra­di­tions.

To­day, the school is the largest school in the coun­try with grades rang­ing from 9-12 and a to­tal strength of over 1,500 stu­dents and close to 100 teach­ers and sup­port staff.

The school has a record of pro­duc­ing fine cit­i­zens for the na­tion. Ur­ban myth holds that al­most 1 in 4 civil ser­vants in the coun­try be­long to YHSS. For this rea­son, the school holds leg­endary rep­u­ta­tion both within and out­side the coun­try.

No­table alum­nus in­clude His Majesty the King, princes and princesses, a host of min­is­ters, sec­re­taries and ex­ec­u­tives.

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