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Posted on :15 January 2019

A total of eight questions were asked in the Question Hour held today to Ministers in Group D which includes the Education  and Health Minister. 

 

Five Questions were asked to the Education Minister on 1. Establishment of  College in Zhemgang Dzongkhag by the Member from Panbang Constituency, 2. Regularization of Contract Employees such as contract teachers, NFE instructors, caregivers etc by the Member from Nanglam Constituency, 3. Measures the government is looking at to improve the working condition of teachers and provision of staff quarters by the Member from Khamdang-Ramjar constituency, 4. The new education categorization system of class PP to Six and Classes Seven to 12 and if both categories can avail central school facilities by the Member from Maenbi-Tsaenkhar constituency and  5. On the implementation of government’s pledge to do away with class ten cut off point from the coming academic session by the Member from Khar-Yurung Constituency.

 

In response, to construction of College in Zhemgang Dzongkhag in the 12 FYP, the Education Minister said that no specific  plans have been made yet, however, the government is planning to establish Gyalse Namgyel Wangchuk in Tamala. With regard to  regularization of contract employees, the Minister said that that consultations are being carried out with the concerned stakeholders and will be decided  depending on the outcome of the discussion. On the improvement of working conditions of the school teachers, the Minister assured that the government plans to build staff quarters so that 80% of the teachers can live within the school premises. He also said that reduction of teaching hrs to 18 hrs from 22 hrs and appointment of teacher assistants  are also expected to alleviate the situation of the teachers. Regarding the Central School Facilities, the Education Minister said that categorization of students was  carried out,  in order to ensure that all the students got equal access to the facilities. The Minister clarified that the categorization would not hamper or change the availability of central school facilities. The Education Minister replied to the last question saying that the Government decided to do away with the Class X cut-off  from the coming 2019 academic session.

 

Three Questions were asked to the Health Minister on 1. When the government will start paying the mothers maternity allowance to the rural mothers by the Member from Jomotshangkha Martshala constitunecy,  2. Government’s stand on private sector participation in outsourcing clinical services and diagnostic by the Member from Wamrong constituency and  3. On plans and programs of the government’s pledge to  establish a super specialist hospital in Thimphu and take Thimphu referral hospital to Regions and regional hospital to Dzongkhags and dzongkhag hospitals to the gewogs by the Member from Nanong-Shumar constituency.

 

Responding to the first question, the Health Minister said that to avoid future policy issues,  preliminary steps such as formulation of  the eligibility criteria  and other arrangements for the maternity allowance are being worked out and it will be rolled out soon after finalization of details. Regarding the private sector participation in providing clinical services and diagnostic, the Health Minister said that the government will need to study and analyses the current and future benefits of allowing private practices and also look into the type of services that can be provided privately. The Minister informed that currently there are 12 private Diagnostic Centers 2 in Gelephu, 2 in Samdrup Jongkhar, 2 in Thimphu and 6 in Phuentsholing.  On the pledge of the government to establish a super specialist hospital in Thimphu and improvement of health facilities, the Minister informed that  with the introduction of the Primary Health Care program, the provision of health services with be improved moreover Health is also included in the Flagship program of the 12 FYP.

 

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