Five-year plan in place for teacher employment
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.