Everyone felt happy in the beginning with the inception of central school idea and few happy moment to those who've been profited. Whereas, it was not so pleasing for some – students, teachers and parents.
My concept of central school is different. Different in the sense, I want it to be a 'MODEL SCHOOL'. Why can't we merge the same idea into a 'Model School' with better policies, correct curriculum, best teachers and facilities in places? Here I'm not to aver among students but to put a sense of competition and the values of education.
According to our present population and the school going child ratio it is not necessary to earn many central school in a dzongkhag. Let us plan for less, better and reliable school for sustainable Bhutan. How far shall we wait for 'DONATION' after 'DONATION' just to run our system of education or any other offices or are we just for donor driven system to be in place?
What if our government plan for quality education system rather than simply numbers? What if we look new system more scrupulously than implementing and failing the total system?
My concept of central school is very simple, reliable and durable if we introduce this system at par proper planning and timely implementation and timely monitoring.
My petition to government would be to relocate the appropriate place and only 'ONE' Model School in each district with improved infrastructure – school buildings, better ICT based classroom settings, gaming zones, recreational places, best human resources (teachers and managers) with better pay scale and appropriate curriculum. These settings can only change our education system or else we can never feel the differences, our system for no doubt can fail very sure very soon.
My other petition to the government is very simple - one model school of all class levels (classes –PP - XII) with the facilities what is given now to central school would solve our problems. Why I'm stating only one Model School is for many good reasons – cost factors, reliable factors, resources factors and durable factors and it's not to doom our present government. We don't want any system that would merely works and runs for 'FIVE' years.
Our law makers can frame a strong and futuristic policies for the entry to Model School. The provision could be - for extremely disadvantaged students, students who excels in academic, curricular activities, one with best discipline excellence and leadership quality.
The inception of central school idea was indeed very big but it is not serving the purpose to so many needy parents and students, the radius of five kilometer dimension and so forth had further confused and had created many disparity within one community. When we're getting support from other countries, 'why can't we invest for the things that can last for some decades, which has more value for future, which has some weight'? We've seen teachers working extra hours in all the school to fulfill the mandates of central school but without any benefit, it's so happening that the extra hours is a free service from our teachers to central schools. Students in central school should be a high profile individual, out win best academic result and set an exemplary education institution and remember all of these would come only through many sacrifices from our teachers. I wish our government would look into this matter courteously for sustainable future of the our country. Although, it can definitely cost some at the initial phase but it might cost even more in future.
The present state of our central school is a complete mess, every students has their own school uniform throughout the year. We don't have any say over this matter. My big worries is about this practices that would cost and create a space of inequity within one school posing danger to cultural diversity.
Although, we can never have any perfect settings and the rules in place yet we can try and have better system together only if we can play our own part. Initially we'll face some grim situations – stupid kids, unworthy teachers and bad parents yet this must not stop us from doing well and finding for better solution in times to come. I think this is the only way we can move forward progressively. Remember, 'the great Rome was not built over the night'.