School dropouts in Laya prefers to stayed back in village
Unlike other youths who are graduated from higher and middle secondary school, a group of youths in Laya under Gasa Dzongkhag had stayed back in their home helping their parents.
A class twelve student who graduated in 2014 Thinley said that he had decided to stay back in the village to help his parents. “Because of collection of cordyceps which is a source of income for the highlanders, so I was encouraged to stay back in the village.”
He also said that because of shortage of manpower in the family, he was forced to stay back in the village. He further added that although his parents used to encourage them to find jobs after their studies but due to shortage of manpower; he stayed back in the village.
But Thinley said that even if they work in the offices, it will be very difficult for them to sustain with the monthly income, that’s why he has decided to stay back in the village.
Another class ten dropped out, Passang Dorji said that he didn’t go to find jobs in the town as he had to help his parents. He said that even if he could find job, it would be very difficult for them to find suitable jobs rather he will be adding to the unemployed youths in the town.
He added that the highlanders solely depend on livestock, so they need more manpower in the home which made for them to stay back in the village.
Meanwhile, a parent’s of class twelve dropped out, Damcho said that their children stayed back in the village after their completion of their studies because of low remuneration. He also said that youths who stayed back in the village don’t have higher qualification. They just completed class ten and few of them were completed class twelve. “With their qualification, the remuneration they get will be very less and that will be very difficult for them to sustain in the urban places.”
He also said that during the time of collection of cordyceps, the youths will be engaged and after that they will be engaged in helping their parents.
“I encouraged them to find jobs to serve our country but with their low qualification, they don’t go to find job in the urban areas,” said Damcho.
Though few dropped out youth preferred to stay back in the village but its different story for the school going children of Laya village.
A class two students of Laya Lower Secondary School, Zam who wanted to become a nurse said that though their elderly youths had dropped out after their studies and had not gone to look for the jobs in the urban areas but she said that she will go to urban areas to search jobs.
She added that even her teacher used to advice them to get jobs after their studies, and said they should serve the country.
Pema 62 years old from Laya said that since their village lies in a very remote area and even the parents were not that educated which leads to hinders them to provide enough education for the children, thereby leaving their children back at home.
He added that if the parents were educated, then they would have given enough education for the children. “Even I do have five children, not even single children are in the services.” But one is in the college and rests are back in the village.
He added that “I used to talk to the school going children that you should be serving our country after their studies.”
Another class four student, Tenzin Jamtsho of Laya Lower Secondary School who wanted to be a police officer after his studies said that he wanted to serve our country. “It’s our responsible to serve our country.”
Echoing the same sentiments a class six student of Laya Lower Secondary School, Pema Thinley said that as they don’t have manpower in the home, after their studies, they will stay back in the village to help their parents. “Even our parent they don’t encourage them to find jobs after our studies.” He added that once he will try to get job but if he don’t find any job for him, he will be an educated farmer.
Meanwhile, Laya village had about thirty youths who studied till twelve standards and Laya villagers get annual income ranging from Nu 0.20m to Nu. 2m from the collection of cordyceps.
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