2.4 per­cent of the teach­ers re­sign vol­un­tar­ily this year

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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.

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