A principal from Bhutan honoured with telegraph award for education excellence
Tshering Dorji , Principal of Rinchen Higher Secondary school in Thimphu was awarded the telegraph school award for education excellence in Kolkata last week by the telegraph education Foundation.
He said that he “had never known that hardships cam be honoured so wholeheartedly. A man belonging to a humble root have now made a history leaving all youths to get inspire.
Speaking to BT, Tshering Dorji from Mongar describes how he struggled in life and managed to become what he is now.
Tshering Dorji who is 38 years from Tsakaling and he felt truly honoured to receive the Telegraph school award for excellence.
“I really don’t know for what I was rewarded for what I have done as a teacher or a principal is what I am suppose to do,” “I am still recovering from shocked and surprise of this particular award.” he said.
He added “I didn’t do any extra ordinary things,” Reorganizing as a principal he has not only done his duty, he has gone little further beyond his duty which teachers and principals should do for students as a second parent.
Tshering Dorji second eldest of 10 siblings, he got his first pair of slipper at the age of fifteen and he has only one gho to wear, when he washed his gho he used to stay without cloth until it dries during his school days. “I was told that this award is for these difficulties.” he said.
He studied his high school at Jigme Sherubling HSS in Khaling. After his graduation he decided to become a teacher because as a teacher through lenses of teacher he can see and sense the empathy set him different from others.
He is strict and disciplined but he takes care of his students as his own children. He took up responsible at young age as a principal. He said being a private school principal he had understood many problems faced by students.
The private school students are rendered helpless and no choice, but their parent wants them to study. Academically challenge but most of their parent go through lots of difficulties for not able to pay the school fees.
“I understand they would have parted from last cows, land, precious things like jewelries to afford fees.” he laments.
“It’s in our ability to understand that situation to be studying in any private School.” he said. Before Tshering Dorji was a principal in one of the middle secondary school in the government and it is entirely different to work in a private school. He stopped administering and managing things but he started to touch life and transform life.
“In the process I came through lots of sad stories that are untold, stories that people don’t seem to have time to hear and stories that hard but not seen in reality.” he narrates.
He personally visited some of the student who lived by their own without relatives and saw some of them not being able to pay rent and no stove to cook, because parents are far away and not able to reach money on time. To make his students comfortable he even vowed to pay rent from his pocket to their house owner.
Some house owners usually comes hunting for him and sometime he was caught in middle of the town. He needs to make clear that he will pay next month. He said he don’t mind people doing so “In fact I have done it for my student.”
If students were admitted in hospital for long time and if there is no one to look for them then he becomes the attendant. Some students, who are not able to pay fees comes with tremendous guilt to the principal and the principal appeals to generous people to pay fees for them.
“So I think I am in position to make a difference in life.” “So I don’t want to abuse my position instated I will use my position to benefit my students life.” “I have gone through many difficulties and I can flash back my own life in them.” That is the reason I was awarded for, he said.
“That is the only little capacity I do sincere,” “I must do much more than what I must be doing.” the principal said.