There are only four schools under Phuentsholing Thromde and admission is increasingly becoming a major problem. Space crunch is the main challenge facing the thromde.

Thromde education officer (TEO), Dorji Wangchuk, said that thromde faces the challenge of limited schools and shortage of classrooms.

Dorji Wangchuk said that this year the number of students could cross 4,000 in government schools under thromde. In 2017, there were 3,945 students.

Of the 750-800 new admissions, more than 300 are for PP this year.

Dorji Wangchuk said that children above five years and seven months old are also given admission. “Otherwise, these children would be nearing seven. This flexibility has helped.”

The thromde recently spent Nu 1 million (M) to repair, maintain, and expand classes in Phuentsholing Lower Secondary School (PLSS). Principal Tshewang Rinzin said admission pressure was more for lower classes.

“We kept three sections for PP this year, but the number of students has increased,” he said. The school had to add one more section.

PLSS, one of the oldest schools in Phuentsholing, has no space for expansion.

Dorji Wangchuk said that thromde has proposed for two schools in the 12th Plan.

Rajesh Rai | Phuentsholing