DPT refutes rumors that they will close down central schools
The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) president, Pema Gyamtsho, during his campaign in Lhuentse on October 10, refuted rumors that they were going to close down central schools if elected to power.
“The past government, PDP started the system of central school which is benefiting a huge number of students. Instead of closing central schools, if DPT comes to power we will further develop the schools by providing enough teachers and infrastructure in the schools to further improve the quality of education in the country,” he said.
“We will ensure at least a free lunch in all other schools,” he added.
Further, the president pledged that students who could not qualify in class X and XII will be given an opportunity to repeat in the same school. “We have some students who do well in other exams but fail in class X and XII exams, so for those students we will provide an opportunity to repeat once more in the same school.”
Speaking to the people of Jarey, Metsho and Tshenkhar gewog in Lhuentse, Pema Gyamtsho said that parties may win or lose but the country was there to stay.
He said that for the stability and the independence of the nation, people should make the right choice. “People should not leave it up to the political parties to decide where to take the country.”
The president also urged people to follow the party manifestos and pledges closely, think carefully and decide by voting for the right party.
Pema Gyamtsho told the supporters of two parties that did not qualify to the general elections to not feel disappointed but to exercise their franchise. “As a citizen, it is the responsibility of every individual to participate in the elections as the opportunity is gifted from the throne.”
Additionally, he said that people’s responsibility for the future of the country is to examine whether the promises and pledges of the parties are realistic and doable. “People must decide the future of the country.”
Towards evening, the president met with the people of Menji gewog where more than 200 people attended the meeting at Menji gewog centre where the president highlighted the importance of tourism.
“Lhuentse Dzongkhag is blessed with many sacred and religious places and the dzongkhag has the potential to attract more number of tourists,” he said. “To expand the sector and generate more income, people should not only rely on foreign tourists, we should also focus on local tourists.”
He said that DPT plans to review the tourism policy and increase the earnings of the people if DPT gets a chance to form the government.
Pema Gyamtsho also pledged to come up with the much awaited Shingkhar-Gorgoen road. “I understand the issues relating to the construction of the road better than anyone.”
Meanwhile, he said that there are rumors on social media that DPT coming to power may disturb India-Bhutan relations which instill fear among the people.
However, the president urged the people to report it to the authorities if any individual spread such false news.
“DPT has framed its pledges and manifestoes with proper calculations on income and expenditure and the pledges are doable,” said Pema Gyamtsho.
DPT president meeting with the people of Menbi gewog in Lhuentse