Almost 11bn for education
The government allocates 18% of the budget annually for education
To improve access and sustainability, relevance and quality of education and health, and well being of school children amongst others, Nu 10,931.687mn constituting about 18% of total budget has been allocated to education during the financial year (FY).
According to the annual national budget report released recently, the education sector will continue its pursuit to provide equitable, inclusive, quality education and lifelong learning opportunities to all children.
“Government accords high priority to education sector and has been allocating about 18% of the total budget annually,” the report states.
Major activities include development of additional infrastructure and facilities for central schools with an allocation of Nu 1,135.1mn of which Nu 670.947mn is kept under dzongkhags.
For scholarship programs for undergraduates, cultural and medical students, Nu 337.547mn has been allocated. Nu 79.62mn provided by Government of India (GoI) is allocated for student loan scheme for tertiary education.
To support model early childhood care and development (ECCD) and establishment of additional 45 ECCD centers with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities, Nu 49.64mn is provided.
Further, Nu 107,640mn is set aside for professional development of teachers through transformative pedagogy; Nu 30mn for international student assessment (PISA-D) program, Nu 20mn for supply of fortified rice to address the micronutrient deficiency among school children, and Nu 90.941mn for non-formal education.
In order to improve curriculum, Nu 49.877mn is also allocated to the Royal Education Council.
For construction of administrative and eight-classroom block at Jungshina primary school, 12-classroom block at Loselling middle secondary school and construction of classroom, staffroom and play field at Dechencholing higher secondary school, Nu 43.6mn is provided.
Further, Nu 7.5mn is allocated for test development training for four levels of examination, BCSEA.
For the construction of additional structure and site development in Gaselo higher secondary school, 96-bedded hostels at Jampey higher secondary school, Kanglung, 64-bedded hostels at Bikhar lower secondary school, additional facilities and site development at Kabesa middle secondary school, Punakha and for two blocks of six-unit classrooms at Khar primary school, Nu 113mn is allocated.
GoI funded Nu 162.6mn for construction of academic block, media and EVS Lab and site development works, construction of hostels (150-capacity), staff quarter landscaping and furnishing of hostel and remodeling of existing building at Sherubtse college.
GoI also funded Nu 8.7mn for development of IT-based management system integrated software while the Royal Government of Bhutan funded Nu 7mn for procurement of laboratory equipment for civil, electrical, mechanical and IT department at Jigme Namgyel Engineering College.