Dzongkha to be pro­moted

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The Chair­per­son of the So­cial & Cul­tural Com­mit­tee Kuenga and mem­ber of the par­lia­ment from Ny­ishog – Sae­phu con­stituency un­der Wang­due Pho­drang Dzongkhag pre­sented the re­port on the in­ad­e­quacy of Dzongkha teach­ers and stan­dard of Dzongkha lan­guage as per the res­o­lu­tion of the 5th Ses­sion of the 2nd Par­lia­ment last Thurs­day.

He re­ported that the com­mit­tee had held meet­ings and con­sul­ta­tions with the Min­istry of Edu- cation and the Dzongkha De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (DDC) on the is­sues. It was added that pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion was also held with teach­ers, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of DDC, me­dia and se­nior cit­i­zens. Some of the find­ings of the com­mit­tee state that the dom­i­nance of English in work places and in­ad­e­quate de­ploy­ment of teach­ers are some of the causes for low stan­dard of Dzongkha. The Chair­per­son pre­sented a to­tal of eight rec­om­men­da­tions drawn from the meet­ings and the in­ter­ac­tions that the com­mit­tee had with the stake­hold­ers. It was rec­om­mended to re­visit the teacher de­ploy­ment pol­icy along with teach­er­stu­dent ra­tio and the class teacher sys­tem in or­der to im­prove Dzongkha.

The chair­per­son pointed out few re­mote schools like Dawakha Lower Sec­ondary School in Paro has only two Dzongkha teach­ers and Radi Mid­dle Sec­ondary School in Trashigang has only one Dzongkha teacher for 300 stu­dents.

The rec­om­men­da­tions also in­cluded the need to cal­cu­late Dzongkha marks for cal­cu­lat­ing the over­all pass per­cent­age of class 12 ex­am­i­na­tions and mon­i­tor the use of Dzongkha lan­guage in of­fi­cial cor­re­spon­dences and meet­ings.

. The house de­lib­er­ated on the re­port re­flect­ing a com­mon con­sen­sus that it was im­por­tant to im­prove the qual­ity of Dzongkha as it is the cor­ner­stone of Bhutanese cul­ture and iden­tity. Rep­re­sent­ing the Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion, the Min­is­ter for Eco­nomic Af­fairs in­formed the house that the prob­lem of short­age of Dzongkha teach­ers was not as grave as it was seen to be. He said that the prob­lem was faced only by some of the schools and ex­pressed that the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion will re­view the rec­om­men­da­tions made. Con­clud­ing the de­lib­er­a­tion on the re­port, the House adopted all the eight rec­om­men­da­tions made by the com­mit­tee. The speaker un­der­lined that the re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­mote the na­tional lan­guage Dzongkha should be shared by all the Bhutanese peo­ple.

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