Saturday, April 29, 2017

Teacher and Teaching Jobs in Bhutan.

Every trained teacher leaving their profession is a pressing concern not only for Ministry of Education. It's a national concern and the shame! 

If this trend continues, it will leave behind a series of education depth. Honestly, it shall impede the systemic flow of humanity and hampers in the economic growth of the country. 

Of all, our parents and students are at loser end when government turn their deaf ear to solve this national issues.  

It is high time our government take ardent means to stop our veteran teachers leaving their profession. They should do some serious homework why and what is making them leave their job at this surprising rate. When someone with good field experience leaves the system, it would cost government in millions. These days our teachers are more like Chinese product as they reach their expiry date so soon, easy to enter and easy to exit. 

Does it mean that those teachers resigning are boarding abroad for better lives and earning like hell in private schools? I must say this is perfectly a sheer outlandish conclusion. To me, it gives me how attractive and secure is teaching jobs in the country. 

I have learnt, what is really troubling our teachers – the lack of passion and love for the job. Why could this be? It must be the salary, working environment and system support. But, on the surface we feel everything is under control, OKAY!
We talk so much on the possibility of life on other planets and Smart Technology System, so often forgotten the type of education we inject in our Youth. We have been into education system for more than a century. However, we have failed to produce our own scientist and no one working in a big international firm? Where are we failing? What is wrong with our education system? Perhaps, we have already failed terribly.    

We have learnt that, working environment, ridiculous curriculum, lack of teaching materials, worn out buildings, unending reforms, financial cuts, student's behavioral problems and management crisis are in fact troubling our teachers -beyond their dreams.  

Recently, we have seen some reforms taking place in ministry of education - workshop on 21ST Century's Transformative pedagogy (i.e. a necessary tools requires by our teachers to be in their toe and to sharpen their skills), warden and matron for boarding schools and limiting eighteen teaching periods per week and one-teacher-one-subject concept. Is this fair to say that government has done enough for education system?  
To an economist, pay enough to attract really good people to become teachers in the first place is more like investing in Telecommunication Business.

In Germany, teachers have the highest salary in the country and when judges, doctors and engineers asked the chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel for the salary, she told them, “How can I compare you to those who taught you?”

In Singapore, we looked at what qualities we thought our kids needed to have to compete in the international world market and then we made the changes to get that.

In America only two types of people are considered very important person, first scientists and second Teachers. 

In the honorable court of France only Teacher is allowed to sit on the chair.

In Japan police has to take special permission from the government to arrest the Teacher.

In Korea any Teacher can enjoy all those facilities which a Minister in India can enjoy by showing his identity card. 

While in Bhutan, a teacher has to fear poor behavior of his/her own students and has to fight for his/her rights for basic needs. 

"Good teachers are costly but bad teachers cost more." 
Teachers are often said the nation builder but how far they invest in our teachers. They are in fact the "Jack of all trades, master of none." For almost every time they have to perform herculean unpaid task risking their own life far in the moors. They have to constantly fear of student's poor attitude and presentation.

If we want to reshape teaching and learning sector not by mere cut-paste curriculum, we need to first invest more in building our teachers and need to build Smart Classroom. We need to develop better teacher evaluation systems, plan for fair accountability system and develop more useful professional development courses. 

Unlike, teachers in the west our teachers are paid very less as compare to the nature of job they perform in the society. By the nature of job they perform, they should get the maximum salary and benefit amongst other civil servants with highest dignity and respect. 

Teacher working in the field are at constant fear of not being able to complete their syllabus on time, academic performance pressure, students falling sick in the middle of the night and often times fear for student bashing them.

My appeal to government would be to enact 'Rights of the Teachers similar to Rights of the Students', which shall give them boisterous strength to perform their duties. The other is select few quality teachers into the system each year on need based, make this post tough and charming by putting the strong base.    

"Curriculum should help children make deeper and fuller understanding of their own experience." 
That means we need to fix our curriculum all over again. There is a big mismatch in our present curriculum, content being irrelevant and not in order, some topics beyond the level of our learners and unending topics which ultimately ruins the interest of learning and teaching. There are many topics in the present syllabus which are –beyond the brain level of our learners, making them difficult to relate with everyday proceedings. Therefore, pumping such bulky contents is really challenging, even not a healthy practice. We really need to restructure and invest more in reliable, genuine and quality curriculum. 

However, it is time we must rethink and rebuild more user friendly syllabus, which parents can also understand. 

That shall ultimately benefit and secure both teacher and student. This is how we build our nation stronger together. Lets make Education First!!!

Here are some of the good references and insightful notes teachers earns around the globe:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Chilli Story.

Our organic gang is robbing the country. This is for them,
the only possible remedy to stop them from turning illegal.

Nu. 700 per kilogram! For what? Green Chilies of Punakha. What's wrong with our chili these days?

Chilies are an essential ingredient which make up 25% to 75% of our dishes. There isn't any other substitute for it. And going by the price hike, back home I am thoroughly confused what number of chili should I add to prepare a meal. 

Expensive meals! It looks perfect but what about the survival, when Electricity tariff and Smart Net Pack system is already robbing us.  

If situation do not improve in coming days, I won't hesitate to beg chicken-chili from my neighborhood lady.

After hearing the market price of our chilies, the very first impression I had was to quit eating chili. I would rather prefer to go for other balance diet foods to hit my dining table than to pay this huge sum for one item. Honestly, I don't want to lose my hard earned money simply to these group of hungry farmers. 

Although, with the ban of foreign chilies, our local chilies are doing good jobs, have dominated the market and our farmers are being profited but this times they seemed to be above the law. I don't know what's wrong with their chilies. 

Through mathematics one meal is costing close to thousand bucks. I find this is a very expensive affairs for a common people to continue for every day.    

What do we expect our people to auction - their Kidney or their heart!  

Last year the same green chili was sold for a maximum of Nu. 200 a kg at this time of the year. And today the same chili is costing Nu. 700 a kg. I feel this is too high. Who is playing this hide and seek game? What if we are to market our produce outside Bhutan? What should we call them - literate or educated? But, for me they are the Great fools, a crazy farmers!

Why this time, our agriculture ministry has fail terribly to maintain the reasonable and uniform price?  This is not fair! 

This is perfectly a barbarian hoard. I call this, a weaponless mugging. – corruption and power struggle are still the growing concern we have in the country. I called this is a chili war! 

Every time I walk past the street, I see endless posters calling for 'Gross National Happiness' and justice for all. Where in the name of this is our Happiness, while we mine the price of a kilo of chili unreasonably high?

Are they doing this to impress other organic gangs or simply testing the imperturbability of our rule makers or do they have some representative above the country's law?

In the name of organic product our farmers have already crossed the red line marketing norms of the kingdom. This is too bad for a small developing country.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bhutan National Flower

Recently the national flower of Bhutan has got a new name as Meconopsis gakyidiana from Meconopsis grandis by Japanese researcher team. The blue poppy now has been upgraded to a species. Earlier the national flower was misidentified as a subspecies to Meconopsis grandis.

The Maconopsis gakyidiana was named after country's development philosophy, Gross National Happiness. Gakyid stands for "Happiness" and diana is the nomenclature term for the flower.

The researchers have found that the Meconopsis gakyidiana is found only in Merak and Sakteng, Bhutan. Meconopsis, which are similar in colour and pattern are found in Paro, Haa and Bumthang are not Meconopsis gakyidiana, which people misunderstand with the national flower.

What more hoax do we expect to happen than this catastrophe?

There are number of assumptions we could draw from this failure; first, it seemed that our education system is not meeting demand outside the classroom and it has really wounded our education system, second, we have very poor sense for learning and it’s a crazy disaster, third, we lack in producing silver minds and it has aggrieved the most ordinary man, forth, we fail to produce individual equipped for better career prospects besides any qualifications and we are a mere beggar. And it has kept me mentally handicapped.
What our College of Natural Resources (CNR, Lobesa) is doing all these many years? What type of field workers are graduating from the college? 

Whatever, we are safe and lucky this time, team from National Biodiversity Centre and Blue Poppy Society, Japan came to rescue from this big gaffe, otherwise national flower would remain unnoticed for generations. And this time we have failed together as a nation. Who would pay for this big shame?

Thank you team Japan!

Thursday, April 6, 2017


I shall envy no other subject than this still subject. There won't be another bigger and happier moment than capturing this undisturbed mountain-top. 

I have seen many national and international family visitors and so is me.

The moment I have walked uphill to get some clean shots, I have seen few following me for the same. The minute later I have seen some more creeping closer to me shooting on the same subject. I am not sure how many of them have a gawked-eye to see 108TH stone stupas the way I have seen it.

I have overheard people around said about how beautifully it was built and placed over the landscape. 

The jewels of the valley and the country!

The name "DO-CHULA" came after successfully subduing the most terrifying demons. It is believed that the demons were uprooted and put underneath the soil in the same spot where 108TH stone stupas are standing today. 

Anyway, this is how I got my long standing dreams of Dochula photo-shoot.   



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