Com­ing home to serve any­way

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I t was a home­com­ing, or so he thought.

Af­ter serv­ing 32 years in ed­u­ca­tion - 22 years as a prin­ci­pal, seven years as vice prin­ci­pal and three years as a teacher – Di­nesh Kumar Prad­han re­turned home to spend what time was left of his ca­reer, teach­ing stu­dents of a lit­tle school at San­gagch­hol­ing (Chargharey), Samtse, his home town.

But the year had other plans for the 58 year-old. He was to ful­fill a des­tiny he brushed aside a decade ago. Druk Phuen­sum Tshogpa of­fered him a seat in 2008, which he passed on to an­other can­di­date, who then went on to win the elec­tion and thereon, to form the gov­ern­ment. This time, he wishes to ex­pe­ri­ence the process and hopes to be able to con­trib­ute to the na­tion and the peo­ple in a ca­pac­ity he once al­most had to serve as.

“Hav­ing been to al­most all parts of the coun­try as a teacher, vice prin­ci­pal and prin­ci­pal, I have seen and lived the hard­ships of our peo­ple in re­mote ar­eas,” he said. “I iden­tify with DNT’s as­pi­ra­tions of nar­row­ing the gap, which, I have no doubt, will up­lift the liveli­hood of the peo­ple.”

One of Fa­ther Wil­liam Mackey’s old­est stu­dents, who started school­ing with the Je­suit priest in 1969, Di­nesh Kumar Prad­han was among the first na­tional prin­ci­pals, who headed Trashigang school in 1988, at a time when pub­lic schools were mostly run by ex­pa­tri­ate ed­u­ca­tors.

He re­signed from San­gagch­hol­ing Lower Sec­ondary School as a teacher on De­cem­ber 17, 2017.

Hav­ing been to al­most all parts of the coun­try as a teacher, vice prin­ci­pal and prin­ci­pal, I have seen and lived the hard­ships of our peo­ple in the re­mote ar­eas.”

Name : Di­nesh Kumar Prad­han Age : 58 Years Con­stituency : Ugyentse_ Yoe­seltse, Samtse Email : di­nesh­prad­han@gmail.com Phone : 77105945 Qual­i­fi­ca­tion : Master of Ed­u­ca­tion, St. Fx. Xavier Univer­sity, Canada, Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion, Na­tional In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion, Samtse

Pro­fes­sional back­ground : Ed­u­ca­tion­ist, Prin­ci­pal, Babesa MSS (2015), First Bhutanese Prin­ci­pal (1988), Trashigang JHS

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