Al­most 11bn for ed­u­ca­tion

The gov­ern­ment al­lo­cates 18% of the bud­get an­nu­ally for ed­u­ca­tion

Business Bhutan - - Business - Pema Sel­don from Thim­phu

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.

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