DPT re­futes ru­mors that they will close down cen­tral schools

Business Bhutan - - Nation - JIgme Wangchen from Lhuentse

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

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