Op­po­si­tion de­scribes Rigney Col­lege clo­sure as fi­asco of ill-con­ceived plan

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The op­po­si­tion party has called the clo­sure of the Col­lege of Rigney in Trashiyangtse that was op­er­a­tional for just around five months as a clear case of the fail­ure of the gov­ern­ment to ful­fill the pledge of es­tab­lish­ing three col­leges in the east.

“It is a fi­asco of ill-con­ceived plan and pop­ulist pledge; PDP is a trial and er­ror gov­ern­ment,” states the press re­lease is­sued by the Druk Phuen­sum Tshogpa (DPT) yes­ter­day.

The Col­lege of Rigney in Trashiyangtse was, mean­while, in­au­gu­rated on Au­gust 26, 2017. How­ever, af­ter around five months,

the col­lege had to close down fol­low­ing di­rec­tives from the Min­istry of Labour and Hu­man re­sources (MoLHR).

MoLHR re­port­edly wrote to the prin­ci­pal of the Zorig Chusum In­sti­tute on Fe­bru­ary 14, stat­ing that the min­istry would no longer pur­sue the op­er­a­tional­iza­tion of the Col­lege of Rigney at the In­sti­tute of Zorig Chusum in Trashiyangtse.

It was also stated in the let­ter, signed by the Depart­ment of Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion Di­rec­tor, that the min­istry would in­stead work to­wards es­tab­lish­ing the in­sti­tute as a Col­lege of Zorig Chusum in the 12th Plan.

The op­po­si­tion stated that the is­sue of the Rigney Col­lege is a mat­ter of to­tal dis­may and bit­ter dis­ap­point­ment to the na­tion.

“How­ever, this is not the only case. We un­der­stand that the other two col­leges ini­ti­ated by the gov­ern­ment in Yon­phula and Gyal­posh­ing are also far­ing no bet­ter. The col­leges are un­der­stood to be mired in a host of con­fu­sions and prob­lems from pol­icy clar­ity is­sues to cur­ricu­lum, hu­man re­source, fi­nance, in­fra­struc­ture, ad­min­is­tra­tive and man­age­ment prob­lems,” the press re­lease stated.

The op­po­si­tion party also goes on to de­scribe the cur­rent gov­ern­ment’s ten­ure as a pe­riod of ‘Trial and Er­ror Gov­er­nance’.

“Right from the very be­gin­ning, the gov­ern­ment never had clear vi­sion, goals, as­pi­ra­tions or strate­gies for na­tional gov­er­nance,” it stated. “It is deeply wor­ry­ing and sad that huge pub­lic re­sources have been wasted with­out any tan­gi­ble long-term ben­e­fits to the na­tion.Can we af­ford to have a gov­ern­ment that ex­per­i­ments with gov­er­nance and waste pre­cious pub­lic re­sources in ex­per­i­ment­ing on ill­con­ceived ideas?.”

How­ever, talk­ing to Busi­ness Bhutan, Prime Min­is­ter Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay re­futed that it’s not a clo­sure of Rigney Col­lege as men­tioned by the op­po­si­tion.

“The idea is to es­tab­lish a col­lege of zorig chusum. Since there is more fo­cus on Rigney there is con­fu­sion. Those stu­dents who are in­ter­ested in Rigney have been trans­ferred to Tak­tse,” Ly­onch­hen added.

Mean­while, the first batch of 12 stu­dents, six males and six fe­males who were al­ready en­rolled, have been asked by MoLHR to be trans­ferred to Tak­tse Col­lege of Lan­guage and Cul­tural Stud­ies in Trongsa to pur­sue Rigney cour­ses be­gin­ning Au­gust this year.

The Rigney Col­lege was as a part of the gov­ern­ment’s pledge to es­tab­lish three new col­leges in the east.

The most pop­u­lar five-day an­nual Paro Tshechu will con­clude to­day with the un­furl­ing of the mas­sive Guru Thong­drol for pub­lic ven­er­a­tion at Deyyankha court­yard.

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