There will be enough ECCD facilitators: Education minister

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According to the education minister, all 137 Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) centers across the country will get adequate facilitators from the next academic year.

This was in response to MP Sombykha, Dorji Wangmo, who asked how the ministry plans to address the problem of lack of facilitators in his constituency.

He said that two ECCD centres- Shari and Sombaykha ECCD centers are without facilitators.

“Children without facilitators are not able to avail ECCD services. The issue was also discussed several times during the Dzongkhag Tshogdu (DT),” she said.

Dorji Wangmo said he also reported the issues to the ministry and relevant agencies such as the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC). “I have learned that the Ministry of Education has made several requests to the RCSC regarding the need for ECCD facilitators.”

He said that it is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education to provide quality education.

Education Minister JB Rai said that due to budget constraints “we took a middle way to recruit 31 new facilitators and 36 non-formal coaches as facilitators. A total of 107 facilitators will be ready for the next academic year.

He said that the Ministry has requested for 55 additional assistants for RCSC.

According to the minister, 30 per cent centers are without facilities; From 2019, the ministry has requested RCSC to provide 137 Asst. “Though the RCSC allows us to recruit facilitators, due to budget constraints, the ministry has still not been able to provide facilitators to the centres.”

Lyonpo said that around 166 centers are without facilitators. “205 gewogs and 20 dzongkhag centers have similar problems.”

Meanwhile, Ugyen Dorjee, MP from Deuthang-Gomdar, asked the ministers whether there were any procedures and norms laid down for the management of teachers. “If the RCSC and the Ministry do not set certain criteria for regular and consolidated teacher recruitment, there is a risk of favoritism in the recruitment process.”

Lyonpo said the ministry does not have set norms to manage them like other agencies.

After recruitment of 500 to 600 permanent teachers from Samtse and Paro education colleges, there will be vacant posts of teachers. We will recruit them whenever there is a need,” Lyonpo said.

There are about 194 contract teachers who have completed their contract period.

Lyonpo said that there is a shortage of teachers. “This year alone, around 325 teachers have voluntarily resigned; Many are on extraordinary leave. Some, he said, had been abolished and resignations had been mandated.

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