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.