Coming home to serve anyway
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org 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