Gov­ern­ment is un­der­tak­ing var­i­ous mea­sures to ab­sorb trained teach­ers

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The Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment from Nanong-Shu­mar, MP Dechen Zangmo ques­tioned Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion with re­gards to Gov­ern­ment’s plan to pro­vide job op­por­tu­ni­ties to the trainees of the col­leges of ed­u­ca­tion last Fri­day dur­ing the ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion in the na­tional as­sem­bly. She un­der­lined that trainees were deeply con­cerned about their em­ploy­ment.

In re­sponds to the ques­tion, Ly­onpo Mingbo Drukpa, the min­is­ter for ed­u­ca­tion said that, ba­si­cally the re­cruit­ment of teach­ers will be de­ter­mined by the num­ber of stu­dents en­rolling in the coun­try.

Even, if the num­ber of stu­dents in­creased even by 100 num­bers then based on that, the re­cruit­ment of teach­ers will also be in­creased, said the Ly­onpo. Ly­onpo added that, since the teach­ers are also un­der the Royal Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (RCSC), when we re­cruit them, we have to dis­cuss with the RCSC.

The Min­is­ter also in­formed that in the cur­rent year, 650 posts in teach­ing have be­come va­cant in­clud­ing posi- tions for con­tract teach­ers. If they are in­ter­ested, teach­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties were also avail­able in the col­leges, Pri­vate Schools and also in the Bud­dhist Col­leges. For in­stance, in Dungsam Acad­emy, the ma­jor­ity of the teach­ers were on con­tract ba­sis. So, they have short­ages of teach­ers and there is more op­por­tu­nity.

To pro­vide em­ploy­ment for them, Ly­onpo Ngeema San­gay Tshempo, the Min­is­ter for Labour said that plan have been formulated to pro­vide ad­e­quate op­por­tu­ni­ties to teach­ers en­ter­ing into the job mar­ket. Last year, out of 417 teacher pass out from the two col­leges, RCSC could re­cruit 182 teach­ers only, but to pro­vide em­ploy­ment for them, he said that gov­ern­ment has taken var­i­ous mea­sures for the em­ploy­ment that some of them were em­ployed as con­tract teacher in the coun­try.

As a mea­sure Ly­onpo said that, some of them were send to Thai­land and In­dia. A to­tal of 121 teach­ers were send to Thai­land as a teacher, seven of them were send to Pri­vate School in In­dia and rest to other pri­vate Schools and other in­sti­tutes in the coun­try.

Ly­onpo added that, they are still send­ing to Thai­land, In­dia and even to pri­vate School in Bangladesh as a teacher to teach English. Again, to­day we have Bud­dhist Col­leges of about 388 in the coun­try, so for that Ly­onpo said that they can re­cruit them as an English teacher.

In the coun­try, Ly­onpo also said that we have 784 teach­ers in pri­vate School but out of that some teach­ers they have un­der­gone train­ing but some do not have. So, ac­cord­ing to our ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy, we should re­cruit them only who are un­der­gone train­ing. So the gov­ern­ment is fol­low­ing the ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy.

The teach­ers were vol­un­tar­ily re­signed, till last May, a to­tal of 258 teach­ers were re­signed. So, yearly about two per­cent were re­signed so there will be va­cancy, said the Ly­onpo.

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