Ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor re­ceives about 20% of the es­ti­mated bud­get for FY 2016-2017

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

The bud­get es­ti­mated for the fi­nan­cial year 2016-2017 was Nu.41, 605.862M of which the do­mes­tic rev­enue is Nu.27, 247.169M and ex­ter­nal grants is Nu.14, 338.693M.

But the na­tional bud­get FY 2016-17 which was pre­sented to the Na­tional Assem­bly by Fi­nance Min­ster last Wed­nes­day shows that to­tal es­ti­mated ex­pen­di­ture of Nu. 51,884.364M which con­sists of about 49 per­cent of cur­rent and 51 per­cent of cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture.

The bud­get re­port stated that, so­cial ser­vice which in­cludes health and ed­u­ca­tion re­ceives the sec­ond high­est share of bud­get with Nu.15, 430.078M which amounted to 28 per­cent next to eco­nomic and pub­lic ser­vices. Out of that, ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor re­ceives with Nu.10,924.282M which amounted for 20 per­cent of the al­lo­cated bud­get for the fi­nan­cial year.

Ac­cord­ing to the bud­get re­port, the high­est share al­lo­cated for ed­u­ca­tion which is un­der so­cial

ser­vice, the re­port stated that it has been al­lo­cated that in view of the im­por­tance of qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion and in line with the Bhutan Ed­u­ca­tion Blue Print 2014-2024. For the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tors, 20 per­cent of to­tal bud­get had been al­lo­cated to bring re­forms to en­hance ac­cess and qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try.

As a part of school re­form pro­gramme, 24 cen­tral schools were es­tab­lished last year and an­other 27 will be es­tab­lished this year and also pro­vi­sion for an­other eight cen­tral schools to be es­tab­lished in 2017 aca­demic year.

The re­port stated that a sum of Nu.1,623.18M has been al­lo­cated for op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance of cen­tral schools and Nu.1,352.659M has been al­lo­cated for the devel­op­ment of ad­di­tional in­fra­struc­tures and fa­cil­i­ties.

Of the to­tal al­lo­ca­tion for in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment, Nu.661.569M has been bud­geted un­der Dzongkhag Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­tor, stated the re­port.

The re­port also stated that, a sum of Nu.116.848M has been al­lo­cated for pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment of teach­ers in schools and Nu.22M and Nu.10.820M for fac­ulty devel­op­ment of Royal Univer­sity of Bhutan (RUB) and Royal In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment (RIM) re­spec­tively.

In ad­di­tion, to set up com­puter lab­o­ra­to­ries and in­tro­duc­tion of IT cour­ses in schools, a sum of Nu.30M has been al­lo­cated, RUB is also been al­lo­cated with Nu.437.872M to im­prove in­fra­struc­ture and other fa­cil­i­ties in all the col­leges. Fur­ther­more, Nu.23M was em­barked to ini­ti­ate prepara­tory works for es­tab­lish­ment of three col­leges in Mon­gar, Trashigang and Trashi Yangtse.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, in or­der to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to pur­sue higher stud­ies, a sum of Nu.1, 006.471M is al­lo­cated for var­i­ous schol­ar­ships both within and out the coun­try and Nu.25.8M for as­sis­tance to pri­vately en­rolled med­i­cal stu­dents.

Fur­ther, Nu.37.620M is al­lo­cated for pro­vid­ing in­ter­est free ed­u­ca­tion loans to eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged stu­dents to pur­sue higher stud­ies.

About Nu.24M has been al­lo­cated for in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment and train­ing for dif­fer­ently abled stu­dents to im­prove the fa­cil­i­ties and ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion.

More­over, Nu.43.651M has been al­lo­cated to strengthen Early Child­hood Care and Devel­op­ment (ECCD) and Nu.82.189M for Non-For­mal Ed­u­ca­tion (NFE) pro­gramme, stated the re­port.

A re­port also stated that a sum of Nu.37.155M has been al­lo­cated to Royal Ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil for the im­prov­ing qual­ity and main­tain­ing rel­e­vance of cur­ricu­lum in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tors.

While, of the to­tal al­lo­cated for the sec­tor, Nu.6,373.264M has been bud­geted un­der Dzongkhag Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­tor.

Mean­while, the an­nual bud­get re­port has been re­ferred to Fi­nance Com­mit­tee for re­view and will be pre­sented in the house on 9th and 10th June, 2016 for de­lib­er­a­tion.

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