One teacher has voluntarily resigned every day since the beginning of this academic session.
Figures available from the education ministry state that in the last five months, 120 teachers have resigned compared to 200 teachers who have resigned in 2016.
In 2015, 142 teachers tendered their resignations. Records show that a total of 1,464 teachers have left the profession in the last five years.
However, the education minister, Norbu Wangchuk, said that the situation would improve after the ministry completes their reform process. “But teachers leaving in the middle of the academic session is a big challenge,” he said.
A teacher in Samtse, requesting anonymity, told Kuensel that most teachers attribute workload, poor working conditions and low earning in influencing their decision to leave the job. He said that Australia is the ultimate destination to many.
He said that even if working conditions, the amount of workload and remunerations are improved, the Australian dream will always be there and ambitious ones would keep seeking for greener pastures.
In terms of earnings, Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk said that what they earn in Australia could never be compared to what the government could afford.
This is the reason, he said, that the whole reform in the education system was initiated.
He said that Nu 100M was spent last year in transformative pedagogy as part of the professional development programme for teachers. “This year the ministry will spend over Nu 100M for effective communication in English.”
While the administrative and management burden from the teachers is being shredded, lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk said that the ministry is also reviewing the workload of teachers.
The ministry has also initiated works to provide masters degree to all teachers as announced by the Prime Minister in his state of the nation address.
However, during one of the meet-the-press sessions in April this year, the Prime Minister said that the country shouldn’t be too concerned because it is the fundamental right of every Bhutanese to work where one wishes and at the place of their choice.
He said that teachers leaving the job voluntarily in 2016 are a meagre 2.4 percent of the teaching force. “In terms of percentage, it’s quite normal throughout the civil service.”