Of late, Bhutan was honored to receive the Former President
of Finland, H.E. Mrs. Tarja Kaarina Halonen. She was on her five days official
tours to Bhutan. On her arrival president expressed her personal happiness on
Bhutan's progress in the field of education and for conserving impeccable environment.
She also highlighted on the successful journey of Finland's education.
On behalf of Bhutan -
Lyonchhen congratulated and thanked Mrs. Halonen for Finland's remarkable
success in the field of education. And also for being exemplary and guiding for Bhutanese children, bringing about positive reforms and prioritizing on providing quality learning.
But, sadly it’s not so
happy ending for, "ministry of education" in a closer-look. Since,
ministry is still facing greater challenges that needs further streamlining on –
human resources, teaching-learning aids, infrastructures and proper plannings system.
Nevertheless, here my point is not
to offend the progress of our education system. We know that compare to recent years, the progress in education system/sector has
Moreover, these day, teachers-students ratio has improved significantly from, - ‘1: 45 to 1: 24, developed teaching-learning materials, good
infrastructures and so on...’. “It’s a huge change for Bhutan”. But,
still there're room to improve - if we want better education and quality
learning for our children. And also to enhance teacher’s
professionalism and commitment towards education.
If education needed to
flourish well then, our teachers should be given the greater priority than
other civil servants. But, my point is not to mean rest of the
sectors and ministry,. Perhaps, my point is to
lift our teacher’s morale, education system and better future for Bhutan.
However, former President
of Finland’s visits to Bhutan had set a clear boundary to boost better in education
sector. Because, she was of the view that - "education succeed only through the
hand of good and committed teachers". And to make our teachers happy time to look upon the existing wage, benefits and relevant
exchange programs. She also said that, in her country teachers and the education sector is
given the first respectable privileges than any other sectors.
I am very optimistic on the
facts that Bhutan needs to think on - how to lift our “respectable
teacher’s society”. Since, our teachers play a ‘greater and
significant’ role in the life of every nation.
As, a Bhutanese - I found
there are many things to learn from Mrs. Halonen, “the value of teachers and what education does for each individuals".
Thank you, Mrs, President –
for making education sector worth-talking. And it is also the wake-up call for
"Ministry of Education, Minister and Education sector heads” to
look upon the existing rules for teachers to be called as 'Gross National Happiness' country in broader sense.