Five-year plan in place for teacher em­ploy­ment

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Lhakpa Tsh­er­ing

Afour-year plan pre­pared jointly by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, the Min­istry of La­bor and Hu­man Re­sources and the Royal Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (RCSC) has been put in place for em­ploy­ment in the teach­ing field, La­bor Min­is­ter Ngeema San­gay Tshempo in­formed the Na­tional Assem­bly on 22 Novem­ber.

The min­is­ter was an­swer­ing Dru­je­gang-Tseza MP, Karma Dorji, who asked him why teacher grad­u­ates were em­ployed on con­tract and not as reg­u­lars.

Ly­onpo Ngeema San­gay Tshempo said the gov­ern­ment was deeply wor­ried about the un­em­ployed grad­u­ates from the two col­leges of ed­u­ca­tion.

He in­formed the house that the se­lec­tion and ap­point­ment of grad­u­ates de­pended on RCSC since it is an au­ton­o­mous body fol­low­ing its own rules and reg­u­la­tions.

How­ever, Ly­onpo said that the min­istry re­ceived a di­rec­tive from the Prime Min­is­ter to en­sure em­ploy­ment for grad­u­ates from the col­leges of ed­u­ca­tion. “The min­istry is work­ing hard to­wards it,” he said.

MP Karma Dorji also en­quired if the gov­ern­ment had a plan to reg­u­lar­ize those on con­tract and ex­tend the con­tract pe­riod. He pointed out that the gov­ern­ment should im­ple­ment any em­ploy­ment plan to en­sure the fu­ture of the grau­dates.

The five-year em­ploy­ment plan will re­quire 541 teach­ers in 2016, 373 in 2017, 270 teach­ers in 2018, 224 in 2019 and 222 teach­ers in 2020. “The teacher grad­u­ates were fully em­ployed in 2015 with the to­tal of 576 grad­u­ates,” Ly­onpo sub­mit­ted, adding that the un­em­ploy­ment for teach­ers was not a big is­sue at the mo­ment.

A num­ber of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties have been gen­er­ated through var­i­ous gov­ern­ment pro­grams.

Ly­onpo sub­mit­ted that the gov­ern­ment is send­ing teach­ers to Thai­land for em­ploy­ment. Hy­dropower is ex­pected to con­tinue to present tre­men­dous job op­por­tu­ni­ties in the coun­try, he added.

Kengkhar-Wer­ingla MP Rinzin Jamt­sho ques­tioned the gov­ern­ment on its 100 per­cent em­ploy­ment elec­tion pledge. He said un­em­ploy­ment had in­creased and it was highly alarm­ing.

Un­em­ploy­ment rate in the coun­try has been de­creased from 2.9 per­cent in 2013 to 2.5 per­cent in 2015. How­ever, labour min­is­ter said about 20,006 job­seek­ers were

em­ployed out of which about 30,000 were regis­tered in the job por­tal.

Ly­onpo in­formed the house that while the gov­ern­ment could fully em­ploy all job­seek­ers, it would be chal­leng­ing if the job­seek­ers were choosy about jobs.

Pan­bang MP Dorji Wangdi said the num­ber of un­em­ployed peo­ple had in­creased from 8,860 in 2015 to about 12,000 this year. He said the min­istry had not been able to pro­duce the 2016 re­port on labour force sur­vey re­port.

Ly­onpo Ngeema San­gay Tshempo said the num­ber of un­em­ployed peo­ple had been de­creased to 5,780 and a sup­ple­men­tary bud­get would fund the on­go­ing gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ment pro­grams which ex­pect to ben­e­fit the youth.

With the in­tro­duc­tion of the bud­get, it ex­pects to help about 1,210 em­ploy­ees through Di­rect Em­ploy­ment Scheme, about 1,600 em­ploy­ees through Di­rect Em­ploy­ment Scheme (cost shar­ing) and about 1,329 em­ploy­ees through Over­seas Em­ploy­ment Scheme at the cost of Nu. 117.957 m, Nu. 43.450 m and Nu. 101.401 m re­spec­tively.

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