After serving in the education ministry for more than two decades, educationist Wangchuk Namgyel was recently elected and appointed as the National Assembly Speaker.
The Speaker said he wants to get acquainted with the staff and understand the working system in the National Assembly Secretariat.
The current position, he said, is a big shift for him from education to legislative. “However, I will work hard to uphold the challenges and I see it more as an opportunity.”
He said he will not work alone but in collaboration with his team, which is key to success.
The immediate task he had to do in the assembly is to pass the 12th Plan. “I have to prepare for the upcoming session, which is of utmost priority.”
He said that personally he would learn a lot through in-depth research, reading and consultation.
He said he had no expectation to be the Speaker and would be as content as an MP and serve his constituency and the nation. “However, as the election process unfolded, the situation began to change and I saw myself getting deeper and deeper into bigger responsibilities, the post of speaker being one,” he said.
The Speaker said he had no choice between education and the assembly and that it is the call of the nation.
“I have to put the nation’s need first and foremost,” he said. “I will serve with full dedication.”
The NA sessions are held twice a year and he said he will find time to visit his constituency and support in the developmental works. He does not see a problem in wearing two hats – that of the speaker and the representative of the people.
The 54 year old has a Masters of Arts in History from University of Madras, India and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education Samtse.
He last served as the principal of Nima Higher Secondary School and also worked as the chief of school monitoring in the education ministry. He contested from Nyishog-Saephu constituency in Wangduephodrang.