Testing ourselves

Functional literacy?

The ECB’s “functional literacy and skills test” for candidates to local government elections is comprehensive. Aspiring candidates will have to take a written test to determine their computational, analytical, managerial and correspondence skills. And they will have to undergo an oral test to demonstrate their reading, writing and speaking skills.

ECB’s diligence will, no doubt, ensure that only the most competent can stand for the local government elections. And, that must be good.

But I’ve been wondering: how many of our current MPs would have passed the functional literacy and skills test?

I don’t know about my colleagues in the Parliament, but since the test is conducted in Dzongkha, I, for one, would have failed.

Photo credit: Bhutan Observer showing graduates re-learning Dzongkha for RCSC exams.

 

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  1. hon OL,
    Why bother abt MPs,wise to bother abt yourself la

  2. With this requirement to pass a dzongkha literacy test to qualify for LG elections, I am sure all local leaders will be “Gedreys.” This breed who could not qualify for parliament as Thuemis becoz of the degree requirement may yet have the last laugh by running the show at LG level. I hope EC has thought about this eventuality. Ha..ha..ha..

  3. I personally feel that MPs should undergo this kind of qualifying test in order to join politics.When the future of Dzongkha language is at stake, such a measure will surely encourage people to learn Dzongkha.

    No matter how fluent he/she is in foreign languages, without knowing how to write good Dzongkha, it’s very strange that a person is representing people.

  4. I think the option is still open to put the MPs including the OL through a similar test. At the same time, let us also have the LG candidates take an English test. At this time and age, when our future is often decided by powers beyond our borders, knowing just Dzongkha is not enough.

  5. if everybody have pass through test. then i think including politician, everybody should go through. nowadays everyone speaks that quality of dzongkha has gone down but found very few trackling with the situation. it doesn’t mean that one should just get pass but one should think that he/she should be well verse in it. people will just prepare for test and never bother there after.

  6. if everybody have to pass through test. then i think including politician, everybody should go through. nowadays everyone speaks that quality of dzongkha has gone down but found very few trackling with the situation. it doesn’t mean that one should just get pass but one should think that he/she should be well verse in it. people will just prepare for test and never bother there after.

  7. ECB could have conducted functional literacy and skill test to the degree and master holders of our MPs so that many of them can start learning dzongkha instead of enjoing the entitlements and privelages.
    some MPs are neither good in dzongkha nor in english.

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