School dropouts in Laya prefers to stayed back in vil­lage

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor/ Laya

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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