School: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday made it clear to close to a hundred Dungna residents that the central school promise was a mistake on the part of the education ministry. Lyonchoen also pleaded for forgiveness regarding the mistake.

The issue was addressed after the Dungna gup and one villager stressed the people’s dismay when they recently learned Kamji Middle Secondary School (KMSS) was to be upgraded as a central school in the next academic session despite prior promises that the Dungna Lower Secondary School (DLSS) would be upgraded.

“It is not your fault,” the Prime Minister said.

Lyonchoen then told the crowd that KMSS was the better choice over Dungna.

“DLSS has just 286 students,” he said. “And Dungna has to be developed first.”

It would take almost two years to blacktop and prepare the 44km road, Lyonchoen said. With both road and school infrastructure development required, the government would require a huge budget, he added.

Giving an example of three gewogs in his own constituency, the Prime Minister said it was difficult to think of central schools in all the gewogs across the country. Pros and cons have to be studied, he said.

It was also highlighted in the media that some people had thought the eventual shift of locating KMSS as central school had political connotations, which the Prime Minister dismissed.


Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay with the people of Dungna

“Yes it’s true there are more people in Kamji,” Lyonchoen said, adding this was also one of the major reasons KMSS was chosen. “So more can benefit.”

DLSS was established in 1995 and Dungna residents expected the school to be upgraded. Initially it was identified as the central school and surveys were also carried out until recently when KMSS was announced as the second central school in Chukha.

The Dungna road condition needs a lot of improvement, including blacktopping, Kuensel learned. The government has a budget of Nu 135M to blacktop the 44km road (from Thimphu-Phuentsholing highway point), including another 19km portion towards Metakha from Dungna.

Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay told the residents not to worry and said development and upgrades would eventually come. He also promised the Dungna people that the education minister would be deputed to understand further.

“While other developments will keep on happening, lets focus on the road for now,” he said, adding all developments will fall in place when the road is completed.

Lyonchoen was on a one-day visit to the gewogs of Dungna and Metakha in Chukha yesterday. Home minister Dawa Gyeltshen and Phuentsholing Member of Parliament Rinzin Dorji accompanied Lyonchoen.

 Rajesh Rai, Dungna


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