Of late, news of B.Ed trainees to be filtered for teaching by significant number in government schools is yet another harsh blow to the job seekers in Bhutan. This unwelcomed announcement might have already made the ongoing trainees and teaching aspirants to feel a sense of hopelessness and uncertainty in contrast to what it once warranted of sure job. While some with superior employable skills may find themselves in private schools but those less fortunate with no options are bound to fall in same unemployment basket as general graduates.
Why unemployment of its kind? In fact, it’s not principally opportune moment for RCSC to make such an ad hoc decision hampering innumerable lives. Clearly by every available yardstick, decision seems unfair as some bearing the brunt might have landed in teacher training institute by guessing surety of landing the job. Moreover there is indication of lack of close coordination between two colleges, RCSC and the MoE. Ideally, if the two concern agencies should have corresponded an accurate number required from two training institutes, today lives of around two hundred or so, would not have bartered to remain in that unlucky unemployment basket.
On the other end, the private school as such may steal the fortune of unfortunate individual by lending in skills of well trained teachers. They may have luxury to strengthen their capacity, develop the skills of untrained teachers and thereby heighten the standard of some low ranking private schools. But sure enough, that would be followed by bitter tangible long run consequences in private learning institutes. Time may arise wherein some permanent untrained teachers may be pushed to disadvantage edge which may fruition another type of unemployment in the pool unemployment.
As it’s obvious, that training they toiled for four years in two institutes, for some may go in total vain if unable to land up even in private schools. Lesson learnt, we may take what’s happening now as an onset warning, as is likely to occur with graduates passing from other institutions like CNR, RIHS, JNP, .etc. Against this backdrop, the concern agency at least for now should be at a loose end and tighten its decision only after doing necessary homework of correspondence with institutions and its stakeholders. Make very clear of exact numbers required in the field and then accordingly training only the required number, so that our pools of already diversified unemployment remain steadfastly undiversified.
Disclaimer: It’s my own bleak analysis over the issue, unintended to demean directly /indirectly any organizations or agencies.