Good news for the stu­dents

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

Now, it’s time for the chil­dren to re­joice with hap­pi­ness as the gov­ern­ment has re­voked the board pol­icy of 1995 ir­re­spec­tive of the lo­ca­tion, be­cause ear­lier coun­try doesn’t have board­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the ur­ban ar­eas.

With the ex­ec­u­tive or­der be­ing is­sued by the min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion, start­ing the 2017 aca­demic year, the board­ing fa­cil­i­ties will be al­lowed in ru­ral as well as in ur­ban ar­eas to both pri­vate and pub­lic but the con­cern op­er­a­tor should full fill some cri­te­ria for the well be­ing of the chil­dren.

Ear­lier the board­ing school had man­age­ment prob­lem es­pe­cially with re­gards to the proper use of WFP that chil­dren were served with same meal be­cause of lack of proper guide­line about the di­etary for the chil­dren whereby many cases of chil­dren un­der mal­nu­tri­tion had been re­ported.

But here­after, with the ex­ec­u­tive or­der put in place there will be no cases of chil­dren un­der mal­nu­tri­tion as both school and pri­vate hos­tel should abide by the BAFRA reg­u­la­tions and guide­lines for board­ing meals, and the school cooks will also get an op­por­tu­nity to go for train­ing on cook­ing that had never been ear­lier.

There­fore, the con­cern op­er­a­tor should pre­pare from now on­wards to at­tract more chil­dren in the school. In the ex­ec­u­tive or­der that has been is­sued stated that the op­er­a­tor should take note some of the con­di­tion to be ful­filled to en­sure phys­i­cal, emo­tional, and psy­cho-so­cial safety, proper care, and full en­gage­ment of the stu­dents in the hos­tel.

The hos­tel for both boys and girls will have to be dis­tinctly sep­a­rated and fol­low the re­quire­ment of phys­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture with qual­i­fied war­den and ma­tron who should be re­side in the hos­tel to main­tain the deco­rum of the hos­tel.

But the ma­tron and the war­den should also have some knowl­edge on ba­sic med­i­cal help as they will be first per­son to han­dle the med­i­cal cases for stu­dents and they should be able to able to ed­u­cate stu­dents on the im­por­tance of proper health and hy­giene prac­tices. More­over, with the ex­ec­u­tive or­der been is­sued, the school Prin­ci­pals or the hos­tel man­ager should re­side in the school cam­pus to pro­vide over­all guid­ance and di­rec­tions to the war­den and ma­tron.

The stu­dents will also be equipped with the whole­some ed­u­ca­tion af­ter they grad­u­ate be­cause the hos­tel should re­quire sched­ule tim­ing for other co-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties be­sides their reg­u­lar stud­ies.

Hope, with the ex­ec­u­tive or­der been is­sued there will be pos­i­tive change in the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem in the coun­try and health of the stu­dents here­after. The stu­dents will be fully en­gaged and will have less time for leisure.

The devel­op­ment will prove ef­fec­tive in build­ing our fu­ture cit­i­zens and our bright fu­ture.

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