2.4 percent of the teachers resign voluntarily this year
Two–hundred out of 8,562 which constitutes little more than two percent of teachers have been found to be having resigned within four months of this year.
Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay, during the 30th meet the press session last Friday said that country should be concerned of leaving trained teachers but when we look at the percentage it is about 2.4 percent of the teachers which is not that high and moreover the general trend is more or less stable.
Lyonchhen added that government shouldn’t be too concerned as it is voluntarily leaving the profession for better other opportunities.
As the trained teacher leaves the profession, Lyonchhen said that, “Every trained teacher leaving is a loss to the education system.”
But every citizen have their own fundamental rights, Lyonchhen said that we cannot restrict for them as it is a fundamen- tal rights of every individual of Bhutanese to work on individual preference of profession and a place.
Lyonchhen said, “It is also the good opportunities for other graduate to join the teaching profession.”
He also mentioned that if most of the Bhutanese teachers go abroad places like Australia, it is good for the country as it brings human resource into country.
The trends of teacher resigning for last five year are more than 100 annually.
He highlighted that government has implemented the policy measures to improve the working environment for teachers.
He said, “The quality of education will be improved through teachers who motivated and inspired to do their job.”
Adding that, “Teacher workload has been reduced which deducted from 22 to 18 hours a week.”
Lyonchhen said that they are working further to reduce the working hours of teachers from 18 to 14 hours a week and also to teach one subject per teacher to reduce the workload.
He said the workload of a teacher is one of the factors affecting the quality of education.
The government also allocated the budget of Nu.106 million from Nu. 6 million last year for their profession development.
“The recent recruitment of warden and matron to various bordering schools and supporting staff is also one way to reduce the workload of teachers,” added Lyonchhen.