208 teaching slots short for B.Ed graduates

208 teaching slots short for B.Ed graduates

Around 592 B.Ed graduates will be competing for 384 slots in government schools this year, which means at least two candidates for one slot.

The number of vacancies for the B.Ed course has increased by 130 from 254 last year.

Of 649 B.Ed graduates registered for the main exams, 57 graduates withdrew their candidature from the main examination.

According to the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC), Examination division, Jigme Norbu they had a consultation with the Ministry of Education for regular appointment this year. “There are 384 vacancies announced in RCSC, and 384 of them will be regularized,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) has announced 266 slots for the general category, which includes B.Ed primary and secondary with subjects like Dzongkha, Geography and English, this year.

The RCSC has also announced 53 and 33 vacancies each for Dzongkha and science B.Ed graduates respectively and there are 31 vacancies are for Special Education needs (English) and five in Maths, while 25 is for Information Technology.

With around 649 B.Ed graduates from the Paro College of Education and Samtse College of Education, at least 208 are expected to look for teaching jobs outside the civil service.

Around 282 trainees have just graduated from the Paro College of Education and 310 from the Samtse College of Education.

About 262 B.Ed primary graduates have to vie for 191 vacancies and around 265 secondary graduates have to vie for 140 vacancies which include subjects like history, geography and English and about 65 Dzongkha graduates have to vie for 53 vacancies.

The RCSC did not reflect whether the B.Ed graduates would be recruited on contract, it stated that the education ministry would announce a decision after the recruitment of regulars to the civil service.

Jigme Norbu said, “Recruitment under contract shall be conducted by the Ministry of Education after the recruitment of the above vacancies.”

As per statistics from the two colleges, there are around 649 teacher trainees in the two colleges as of now. Of these 649 trainees, 262 are primary B.Ed trainees and 265 B.Ed secondary trainees undergoing the teacher training.

pic courtesy: Arts Education, Royal Education Council, Paro, Bhutan.

Kinley Yonten from Thimphu