With the government hiking up salaries and allowances of teachers, an assumption among certain observers is that there would be more graduates this year opting for Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) course and wanting to join the teaching profession.
While there will be a deluge of students opting for PGDE course is yet to be seen, Human Resource Officer with the exam division of RCSC, Jigme Norbu, said there is a change in candidate’s confirmation for PGDE course compared to past years.
“The documentation is still going on and I am not sure with the accurate number of graduates who have changed their category in PGDE from other categories. There will be changes in categories as per the slots. In PGDE there are 145 slots and it is the highest excluding technical category,” the official said.
Meanwhile, the main exam will be held on October 11 and there are 145 slots for PGDE course. From those that had appeared the preliminary exam, 130 graduates have made it for PGDE course with 50 percent aggregate. This means that there are already another ten extra slots.
Till now, many graduates who sat for the RCSC exam and sought employment in the civil service considered opting for PGDE only if they didn’t qualify for PGDPA (public administration) or PGDFM (financial management) courses.
Teaching was not a lucrative and worth a sought-after profession. But most graduates Business Bhutan talked to and who are busy preparing for their main exam seem serious about the PGDE course now.
One of the graduates, Dorji Lhamo, said she changed her category from PGDFM to PGDE. “It is a tough competition for those ten slots,” she said.
Another graduate, Wangdi Norbu, even took tuition, hoping that he would land a job as a teacher in the future.
Similarly, a graduate from Gaedu College of Business Studies, Dechen, changed her category from PGDPA to PGDE for the main exam. “Time is precious for me. I have to make the best use of it. It is not easy for 145 slots in PGDE,” she said.
“I was not serious before about PGDE. But now, the pay has doubled for the teachers and I have started preparing for the main examination,” another graduate, Rinzin Wangmo, said.
Kinley Wangchuk, a graduate from the Institute of Language and Culture Studies, said he is trying for PGDE course though he studied Rigzhung. “It’s a lucrative job now,” he added.
Another graduate, Yangchen, who is appearing for PGDE course, said teaching is a tough job and the pay revision was a huge motivation to everyone in the profession as well as to the fresh graduates.
“Now if I get through the main exam, I can proudly say that I am a teacher,” Yangchen said, adding that there is a change now and it would also help the teachers.
Kinley Yonten from Thimphu