Remote schooling

The National Assembly, our nation’s highest legislative body, spent a good 30 minutes yesterday talking about a school in Gasa.

The issue was tabled by the Honourable MP from Gasa, Dasho Damcho Dorji, the other opposition member, on behalf of the people of Gasa. The people want the government to reverse its decision to downgrade Gasa LSS to a primary school. The people argue that if their school is downgraded, fewer of their children will be willing to continue their studies, after completing Class VI, in the boarding school in distant, wetter and hotter Jeyshong.

Lyonpo Thakur Singh, our education minister, claimed that he had consulted the dzongkhag authorities. That’s the problem. He should have consulted the people, not bureaucrats. Civil servants report to, and are accountable to, the government, and, some times, will not represent the best interests of the people.

If Lyonpo Thakur had consulted the local government instead, he would have understood their difficulties and seen their aspirations. And a decision, regardless of what the decision, could have been made jointly.

And the local government would not have raised the issue about Gasa PS in the National Assembly. And its honorable members would not have spent 30 minutes, one-sixth of the total time, talking about a remote school in Gasa.

Decentralize. Please. And strengthen local governments.

(Gasa primary school was upgraded to a junior high school durnig the Eighth Plan. See Kuensel article)

 

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Dear Tshering Sir and Damchoe sir…

    Why fight for schools, health electricty when the New Government does not wnat to do. I know that the two of you are working very hard but trust me its just baseless and the new Government ouwld win in the next election just like Presedent Bush. People are learning their lessons but they would be brainwashed before the next election. Long live pelden Drukpa.

  2. I agree, more power and authority to the local government.

  3. I think it is the duty of every parliamentarian to raise issues affecting people after all they are the people’s representatives. True representatives will speak for the people from the validness of the issues while power craving politicians will speak from the point of winning election. It’s up to you. You are there, you can decide while we keep watching and murmuring facing TVs and PC screens…

  4. Having read all the comments on this entry and the last, I have something I want to say to you all who visit this blog, and to all MPs who represent us.

    Those of us blessed with education tend to get caught by one trap. We take education for granted even if we don’t think we do.

    We lose the eyes to see, to know the world through the eyes of those less fortunate.

    We lose the ears to listen, to comprehend deeply why they so desperately want education.

    We lose the heart, to embrace their desire as life’s only reason and passion rolled into one.

    We lose even the head, to grasp one simple fact: GNH is written on the face of uneducated parents who see their children off to school.

    And, we lose that precious conviction, to act, to empower the grass-roots in their pursuit of happiness.

    Whatever it is, whether education, roads, or electricity, their wish is no different from our own – a life better than that of our own, for our children and grandchildren…

    Help them help themselves. Help them capture that precious dream.

    Decentralize the authority, along with the budget and the hard accountability where it belongs.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Please try to bring in issue on RCSC position Clasification system. Nobody appears to be happy with this and DPT is very slow on this.

  6. i agree with anonymous 2. The PCS is pretty ambiguous and I see lots of civil servants unhappy about it. I for one thing don’t know if we are following the cadre system, the PCS or are we a hybrid of both. I think its an issue that needs resolving.

  7. Thanks for the posting. Consult people, discuss with the local government. Very beautiful words to hear. I support decentralisation and the need to consult people.

    However,from whatever little I know that is how it has been so far. Things should change. I hope the ministers read your blog.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I agree with those above who raised issues on PCS. Many civil servants are in confusion if they need to follow this or not and infact this has created lots of chaos among civil servants. It benefits only those who are at the higher rank and common civil servants are suffering. We have seen lots being discussed in the parliament sessions, but PCS appears to be not even in the agenda. So Dasho, please bring this into focus.

  9. First it was RBP’s (RBA’s claimed they don’t call their peers dashos,they call eachother by thier names..and they call their superiors, SIR)..now it’s MPs …i heard a group of MPs went on a trip to Geneva, Switzerland. and there, to save Euros, they put up with the people working in the Mission of Bhutan to UN. They were told to have introduced themselves “this dasho is MP from so and so constituency” repeatedly that poor bhutanese folks were forced to address them Dashos.we have been told that Dashos are those people recognized by HM and awarded red scarf to him/her(like Dasho Neten Zam).i also remember those times before we had constitution, the blue scarf councillors were also given the title Dasho by HM. But this time..I have never heard HM giving away the title dasho to honorable MPs. All i have seen or heard is you guys calling each other dashos even in NA hall..that looks too bad. I am not sure if any of you would get elected in the next term(minus some ministers)So what i would suggest is refrain yourselves from calling one another Dasho.Be Humble servant of people, that’s what you people have assured us.

  10. I fully support this posting about MPs not calling each other Dasho. Common guys, earn our respect. You are after all in politics, where you need the support of the people to sustain….

  11. Anonymous says:

    I don’t mean to disrespect lyanpo thakur, but if this was the case in southern Bhutan he’d have definately talked and consulted with the local government and the local people rather than just consulting with the dzongkhag authorities. It’s unfortunate but this is how it appears to me. I think it’s such a good opportunity to develop a bond with the people from north-especially at a time when there is certain sense of distrust in the heart and mind of some people. So next time you get such opportunity don’t throw it away ,lyanpo thakur. We would love to hear you talk and interact with people directly. Or better yet,open a blog like OL so that common citizen like me could see and keep track on what you are doing for our people and the country.

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