KP Sharma

The online application portal for Sherubtse and Paro colleges where Arts students placed their hope opened on March 1 and ends on 15.

Lyonchhen earlier had said that there would be an increase in the number of slots for Arts students at the teacher training college in Paro and other colleges. This, however, did not happen.

B.Ed primary seat at Paro College of Education has not been increased from 100 which would be offered to all streams. B.Ed primary for Dzongkha, which is mostly offered to the students of Language and Culture Studies and Rigzung elective students, has only 70 seats.

Arts students without Mathematics cannot apply for Bachelor of Economics and Political Science, Bachelor of Digital Communications and Project Management, and Bachelor of Data Science and Data Analytics.

“Nothing looks likely to change for Arts students, which is very disappointing. This abrupt change should have solutions because a large number of students are facing a dark future with nowhere to go for advanced studies,” said Kuenga Tsheing Yangden, a Class XII graduate.

Many students are waiting for the College of Natural Resources to open online admission portal.

The opposition party recently said that the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) should implement the changes phase-wise to allow those who have cleared Class XII and those studying in Class XI to complete their studies.

The issue surfaced after RUB decided to discontinue some courses for Arts students as a part of transformation in tertiary education.