Dzongkha to be promoted
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.