Education: Starting this academic year, Trashigang will have four more central schools operating across the dzongkhag.

With Udzorong and Thrimshing already established as central schools last year, Rangjung, Bartsham, Dungtse and Jigme Sherubling central schools are in the pipeline.

According to education officials, these upcoming central schools were selected based on the remoteness of the place, adequate space, number of students and the catchment area. Another reason is to have a regional balance in terms of location of the schools.

Budget for Dungtse and Bartsham central schools has already been approved and construction of dormitories are in full swing. Dormitories of both the schools would have 96 beds for boys and another 96 for girls. Besides, six units of classrooms are under construction for Bartsham.

Construction of the dormitories is expected to complete by end of 2016. Then, more number of students from the nearby schools would also be accommodated, Chief Dzongkhag Education Officer (DEO), Phuntsho said.

“There are many students who would want to join the central schools but we don’t have adequate infrastructures to take them in,” he said. “In some genuine cases, we might try to make space although we don’t have such plans for now.”

In Rangjung, the Rangjung autonomous HSS and Rangjung LSS would be merged to establish a central school. Though to be consolidated, the two schools would still operate from their respective campuses.

For Jigme Sherubling central school, Jigme Sherubling Lower Secondary school and Muenseling Institute would be integrated. Given the availability of adequate arrangements and resources, construction of any new infrastructure wouldn’t be necessary for Rangjung and Jigme Sherubling central schools, said the DEO.

Meanwhile, the district education office has received orders from the education ministry to place necessary supply orders and the principals have already been notified as well.

Although mid-day meals and stationary are being provided to day scholars, the DEO said that the ministry would also be providing uniforms to students beginning this year. Instead of one set, students would be provided with two sets of uniforms.

The government of India is funding the establishment of the central schools.

Tshering Wangdi, Trashigang