Wai! The year-long observance of the Sherig Century ended yesterday coinciding with the birth anniversary of our beloved King. The closing ceremony was held in UgyenDorji Higher Secondary School in Haa, one of the oldest schools in the country.
The journey of one hundred years for an education system is a pretty short one. Yet, it has been significant in Bhutan. From a few students in the early 1900s to over 200,000 today, we have come a long way. Our education system has grown and matured.
Indeed, there’s hardly any need to talk about the achievements education has brought along. It’s before us, for all to see. For a country just as big as the speck of dust on the globe to make her presence known in the global arena is thanks solely to our education system. And thus the celebration of Sherig Century!
But when we think of the success of education in our country, we should also think of the shortfalls. We must accept that our education system is far from perfect. Hopefully, the Sherig Century celebrations have left us with many lessons to learn. Lessons, indeed, we must learn. For instance, how could we improve the alleged decline in the quality of education? How could we retain good teachers in our school system and encourage better ones to join the teaching fraternity? Have we found any answers to these yet? Or should we continue swapping blames on the quality decline and not talk about how to set it right?