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NC questions the education minister

Jun 23, 2012

Continuous shortage of teachers and rationalisation of schools in the rural areas were some of the questions raised by the National Council members to the education minister. Lyonpo Thakur Singh Powdyel was attending the National Council’s ‘Question Time’, yesterday.

NC MP Dr.Jagar Dorji said there are excess teachers in the urban areas as against the chronic shortage of schools teachers in remote schools. “The teachers in the remote schools are forced to take up multi-grade teachings,” he said.

The education minister said there is no acute shortage of teachers according to the teacher-taught ratio. However, he said, there still is a problem with the required distribution of teachers.

On rationalisation of small schools, Dr.Jagar Dorji said the younger children will have to be sent away from home and they will be deprived of parental care and guidance.

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Lyonpo Thakur Singh said the policy of rationalisation of schools will be applied only after a discussion with the community leaders.

The ‘Question Time’ also saw a discussion related to poor diet of the students in some of the boarding schools. To this, Lyonpo said the ministry has already worked out the increased stipend for boarding students. Starting July this year, the stipend will be raised to Nu. 1,000 from Nu. 700.

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