First ses­sion of chil­dren’s Par­lia­ment ends

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Deki Lha­zom

The first ses­sion of Bhutan chil­dren’s par­lia­ment (BCP) that started from 4th of Jan­uary con­cluded last Fri­day. The clos­ing cer­e­mony saw mem­bers gath­ered in the great fourth au­di­to­rium of­fer­ing Tashi moen­lam prayer for long life of His Majesty the king, for peace and pros­per­ity and hap­pi­ness in the coun­try.

Youth re­lated is­sues like education, un­em­ploy­ment, drug abuse and teenage preg­nancy were some of the high­lights of the first ses­sion of the chil­dren’s par­lia­ment.

The mem­bers dis­cussed ‘’one-teacher one-sub­ject pol­icy ‘’, which the mem­bers be­lieve that teach­ers should be teach­ing spe­cific sub­jects that they are spe­cial­ized in.

The ‘’ one –teacher one­sub­ject pol­icy will bring in pro­fes­sion­al­ism which will in turn im­prove qual­ity of education’’, said BCP- Na­tional As­sem­bly speaker Tsheten Dorji.

In some of the schools in Bhutan, where there is scarcity of teach­ers this prac­tice of teach­ing multi sub­jects even if not spe­cial­ized in all is com­mon said the speaker.

En­rol­ment of chil­dren in govern­ment schools from age five was also dis­cussed. Mem­bers unan­i­mously con­cluded that it is now time that chil­dren are en­rolled in school by the age of five dis­re­gard­ing the cur­rent prac­tice of chil­dren be­ing en­rolled at six.

Cur­rently, only chil­dren who are aged six can go to govern­ment schools but of­ten teach­ers’ chil­dren who are barely six are be­ing en­rolled in school, which the mem­bers say, is un­fair.

Mean­while Gele­phu’s MP, Yeshi Jamt­sho raised his con­cern re­gard­ing drug and al­co­hol use in school. He shared that there are stu­dents in his school who have fallen un­der the in­flu­ence of drug and al­co­hol adding that this dis­cus­sion on drug and al­co­hol will help get their mes­sage to govern­ment.

Is­sues like sex­ual ha­rass­ment and sui­cide cases in schools were also raised. The mem­bers look for­ward to de­lib­er­ate child labour, sex education, im­prov­ing com­puter and lap­top fa­cil­i­ties , ra­tio­nal­iz­ing the teacher’s ex­tra­or­di­nary leave and sus­tain­abil­ity of cen­tral schools.

The BCP-NA and BCPNC ses­sions were held in two dif­fer­ent halls at democ­racy house in Kawa­jangsa, Thim­phu.

The pro­ceed­ings of the BCP ses­sions will be sub­mit­ted to His Majesty the King, Chief Jus­tice, the Speaker of Par­lia­ment, Prime Min­is­ter, Chair- per­son of the Na­tional Coun­cil, and Leader of Op­po­si­tion.

The Cer­e­mony with the Mem­bers of Bhutan Chil­dren’s Par­lia­ment was graced by the Works and Hu­man Set­tle­ment Min­is­ter Her Ex­cel­lency Ly­onpo Dorji Cho­den who is also the Chair­per­son of the Na­tional Coun­cil for Women and Chil­dren and at­tended by the Chief Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner, Elec­tion Com­mis­sion­ers, Se­nior Of­fi­cials, Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the UN Of­fices and Political Par­ties as well as mem­bers of the Bhutanese Me­dia, the 22 Es­cort Teach­ers from the 20 Dzongkhags and Of­fi­cials from the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion.

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