One of my blog articles got published in Kuensel.


For some reasons one of my blog articles got published in kuensel (The most dominated, popular and oldest print media of Bhutan) dated on 10th of September 2014, last Wednesday. Therefore I humbly republish an edited article for my blog readers, especially for those who failed to read the hard copy due to unavailability of the paper and time constraint.

Producing productive future generations

Sir,

The child care and protection act of Bhutan 2011 states that’s a person shall be guilty of the offence of battering a child, if a person purposely uses physical force or causes the child to be subjected to a physical force. The offence of battering a child shall be a petty misdemeanor or a misdemeanor.

Without any hesitation and negligible reservation, the principal of Drujegang Mss will have bear the consequences laid above, if parents of the child opt to sue him before the court of law.

Having shouldered the dual responsibility of being a parents and teacher at the same time for many years, I am filled with mixed emotions.

Therefore, I may touch both the sides of the coin as I pour my views to the incidents, which emerged as headline news, both in televisions and print media.

The principal of the school must be subject to the penalty as it is the fundamental duty of every citizen to adhere and respect the law of the land. Further with rapid globalization of our country, we have certain international protocols and convention to be followed such as internationals child rights and human rights.

On contrary, did our lawmakers, parliamentarians, policy developers and politicians ever scrutinize the other side of the coin, during the enactment of the particular act? They must have done it, I am sure, yet I can see lots of loopholes.

If the principal, by default has to undergo through court hearings before the final verdict, what would the teaching and learning atmosphere be in Drujegang MSS? Not only are teachers of Drujegang MSS was shattered by the news but the same concern was shared by teachers across the nation, including myself. This has ultimately demoralized and perturbed us because we never know what will happen to us in future.

Consequently, we are insecure to go the class and once in the class we just do our part and we are least bothered about student’s individual accomplishment. Who will be the looser at the end of the day? Is it the nation at large or future citizens or teachers? If higher authorities demand any explanation with regard to our teaching in the class, we can present them with bundles of note books filled with lesson plans as it proves beyond classroom teachings.

When such a stories are being circulated among our students, many of them never hesitate to violate school rules. If these are the values that our students have learnt and inculcated, what can we expect from in near future? How can we achieve the aspiration and wishes of our beloved kings, which are priceless and so precious?

Many national and international psychologists, psychiatrist, and educationist acclaimed that a child will be morally demoralized if resorted to any types of assault. Absolutely correct and we understand better than those specialist have never stepped in a school even for a minute. We are equipped with multiple strategies and skills to deal with hundreds of students from different social background, upbringings, religion, and beliefs. Yet, at times when we fail to rectify our kids with all those possible strategies, we tend to resort to physical assault with lots of expectations and immeasurable positive outcomes. You can imagine your reactions if your door is being knock 24*7

Our principals have to bear the rattles even during weekends and they no time spare with their families. After having rendered their best service to the school, if they were liable for prison with a tiny mistake, where is the justice? We talk about quality of education and if an indispensable person of the school is put behind bars, how can we expect the school to produce productive future generations?

8 comments:

  1. Norbu sir, I have gone through, both in blog and Kuensel. It is a great article. Keep sharing.

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  2. Sangay Sir, I could not get the hard copy of kuensel still today. This is the charm of living in the remote area.

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    1. Sorry boss, I could not get one due to time constraint. Well said, only God knows our duties.

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  3. I didn't read it in the newsletter. But I have read your first form of it. I just thought it will find place in some widespread media - you've written in neutral voice. Thanks

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  4. Painful to hear and yes as you said, both sides of the coin needs to be looked at.

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  5. I'm glad this was published so that more people can be aware of this problem

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  6. Thanks everybody for supporting my views.

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