In­equal­ity al­lot­ment and the sus­tain­abil­ity of cen­tral School dis­cussed in the Na­tional As­sem­bly

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The Mem­ber from Kengkhar-Wer­ingla con­stituency, MP Rinzin Jamt­sho, ques­tioned the Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion on the in­equal­ity in the al­lot­ment of the cen­tral schools among Dzongkhags and im­pact of cen­tral schools on bud­get dis­tri­bu­tion to other schools. The mem­ber also ques­tioned on the sus­tain­abil­ity of the cen­tral schools pro­gramme last Fri­day dur­ing the ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion in the na­tional as­sem­bly.

In his re­sponse, Ly­onpo Mingbo Drukpa, the Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion, said that in­tro­duc­ing of the cen­tral schools is one of the three com­po­nents of School Re­form Pol­icy which is aimed at im­prov­ing the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion. He said that the cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture for the cen­tral schools is funded by the gov­ern­ment of In­dia while the re­cur­rent cost was be­ing met from the do­mes­tic rev­enue. The Min­is­ter also added that es­tab­lish­ing of the cen­tral schools is an on­go­ing process as the ini­tia­tive was just over seven months old. Sup­ple­ment­ing the re­sponse, Ly­onpo Dam­choe Dorji, the Min­is­ter for For­eign Af­fairs said that it was not pos­si­ble to equally al­lot the cen­tral schools in all Dzongkhags. He added that es­tab­lish­ment of cen­tral schools will dif­fer from Dzongkhag to Dzongkhag con­sid­er­ing the var­i­ous fac­tors.

In ad­di­tion to the ques- tions, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment from Pang­bang con­stituency, MP Dorji Wangdi ques­tioned that dur­ing the year 2014, the drooped out rate was about 3000 and dur­ing the year 2015, was about 5000, so it is a great con­cern for the coun­try. He added that it may be be­cause of the changes in the ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy. He also added on the in­equal­ity in the al­lot­ment of the cen­tral schools among Dzongkhags.

He said that al­though as per the sec­tion 16 of ar­ti­cle 9 of the con­sti­tu­tion of the King­dom of Bhutan states that the state shall pro­vide free ed­u­ca­tion to all chil­dren of school go­ing age up to tenth stan­dard and en­sure that tech­ni­cal and pro­fes­sional ed­u­ca­tion is made gen­er­ally avail­able and that higher ed­u­ca­tion is equally ac­ces­si­ble to all on the ba­sis of merit.

In re­sponse to the ques­tions, Ly­onpo Ny­eema San­gay Tshempo, the Min­is­ter for Labour and Hu­man Re­sources said that al­though they were aware of the dropped out rates of the youths. Ly­onpo added that, as per his knowl­edge, the rea­son for youths not go­ing to school was that they stayed in the vil­lage to help their par­ents. As per the con­sti­tu­tion of the king­dom of Bhutan, state shall pro­vide free ed­u­ca­tion to all chil­dren of school go­ing age up to tenth stan­dard but if youths are not in­ter­ested Ly­onpo added that it is not pos­si­ble for them to force youth to study.

So, for the dropped out rates is not only for the last two years but it ex­ist even be­fore also, added the Ly­onpo.

While, Ly­onpo Mingbo Drukpa said that the gov­ern­ment was well aware of the con­cerns raised by the Mem­bers and such is­sues were also dis­cussed in the cab­i­net on sev­eral oc­ca­sions. The Min­is­ter ac­knowl­edged the con­sen­sus of the House on the im­por­tance of the Cen­tral School Pro­gramme and ex­pressed that sub­mis­sions made by the Mem­bers were only on the im­ple­men­ta­tion as­pects of the pro­gramme. Mean­while, the ob­jec­tive of the ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy was to help those youth who are from eco­nom­i­cally back­ward and to pro­vide with qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion.

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