Vacancies aplenty for trained teachers, projects assessment

The education ministry will recruit 1,630 trained teachers by 2020

NA: By 2020, the education ministry will recruit 1,630 trained teachers, according to the teacher requirement projection worked out by the labour and education ministries.

As per the projection, the next academic year alone requires 551 teachers, 19 more than what Samtse College of Education and Paro College of Education will together produce.

Another 363 posts will be vacated for trained teachers in 2017 and 270 in 2018. For 2019, the education ministry will recruit additional 224-trained teachers and another 222 in 2020, according to the projection.

Labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo presented the projection at the question hour session of the National Assembly yesterday. He was responding to Dophuchen-Tading Member of Parliament (MP) Tek Bahadur Subba, who asked on how the education ministry was basing its trained teacher recruitment and enrolment in the two colleges of education.

“Soon 388 Shedras and Rabdeys in the country will also recruit an English teacher each,” he said adding that 121 teachers have already been sent to Thailand and seven to private schools in India.

Nanong-Shumar MP Dechen Zangmo initially questioned the education minister on how the ministry will make employment available for B Ed graduates who are due to be in the job market soon.

Education minister Mingbo Dukpa said there are currently 650 vacancies for teachers available in government schools. The vacancies were created after 226 community based contract teachers left on completion of their contract, about 40-50 superannuated, another 140 left for studies, 118 contract teachers completed their contracts and the two percent teacher attrition rate the ministry sees annually.

Lyonpo Mingbo Dukpa said recruiting teachers depend on the student enrolment. It also would require discussion with the Royal Civil Service Commission. In 2014, in a month at least Nu 2.42M (million) was spent on paying teachers, he said.

Meanwhile, Panbang MP Dorji Wangdi questioned the Prime Minister whether Bhutan was still on track to achieve the goal of Economic Self Reliance by 2020.

Prime Minister said answers for the question would be available after the end of the 11th Plan, while discussing the 12th Plan. He informed the house that after the completion of the hydroelectric projects, Bhutan can choose to remain without external funding provided no further expenditure is incurred on basic infrastructures.

Leader of the Opposition (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho also sought clarification from the Prime Minister on whether the widespread perception of officials responsible for taking decision within the bureaucracy were not doing so but delegating task to committees to advert being implicated in corrupt practices was true.

“Such practice would affect the timely delivery of service,” he said.

Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay said that it was better to form a committee to reach a decision than to get involved in corrupt practices. He said if people were affected with untimely services from some agencies, then the government should be informed for it to address the problem immediately.

He also informed the house that the government has already come up with various initiatives such as Government to Citizen (G2C) service and Annual Performance Agreement to improve service delivery.

Nirmala Pokhrel

2 replies
  1. Care
    Care says:

    If there are aplenty of vacancies for the trained teachers, what has happened to the 2014 teacher trainee graduates? It was never a justifiable statement everyone made starting from HRO and so. It was never written in the plan that the teacher graduates of 2014 will be sorted. And If there is still some vacancies with the CBT (contract based teachers) going out, why don’t MoE regularise the present regular contract teachers.
    Dear Media,
    please help us raise our voice. We have no other options than to beg the social media to help us. Was there a justice?
    Perhaps! No…

  2. sibidai
    sibidai says:

    In most countries teachers are highly respected, best paid and remain status wise even higher than politicians and policy makers. In Bhutan, they dreg the bottom. Its the last resort of employment.
    Want good teacher??? Pay them the best and respect them. Provide spaces and incentives to enhance their in-service skills and get them to produce students who can compete anywhere around the world…

    As long as teaching ranks bottom career choice .. forget getting good and enough teachers… no govt policy and diktat will help to overcome the shortage except continued employing of teachers from neighbouring countries – who find hard to get employment in their own states.

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