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Remote community schools downgraded

Mar 16, 2011

In urban areas like Thimphu, one of the biggest problems in schools is overcrowding. Every year, anxious parents struggle to find school admission for their children. The classrooms are packed to the limit. The scenario is the exact opposite in remote villages. There, community primary schools are getting downsized because there aren’t enough students.

A few schools in Trashigang and Trongsa have already been downgraded. Some of the community primary schools have been made into extended classrooms. And the Education Ministry will be downsizing more schools.

“We have to be mindful of the availability of the resources and the need to support our children to the level which they deserve,” said the Education Minister Lyonpo Thakur Singh Powdyel.

The resources from the downsized schools will be sent to other schools with higher enrollment.

If the enrollment increases, the schools will be upgraded.

The Education Minister said schools in highlands will not be downgraded in spite of the low enrollment. These places, he said, need to retain their school so they can ensure the continuity and sustainability of their community.

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