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House adopts recommendations on the Implementation Status of Acts passed by Parliament

Posted on :22 June 2016

This morning, the House unanimously adopted the recommendations proposed by the Legislative Committee on the Implementation Status of Acts and debated on educational reforms with the Hon'ble Minister of Education.

The following resolutions were adopted on the Implementation Status of Acts passed by Parliament:

The National Council hereby, recommends the Government and other agencies to:

Simultaneously draft required Rules and Regulations or By-laws of a Bill that is being tabled in Parliament so that the Bill once passed by Parliament and receives Royal Assent can be immediately and uniformly implemented;

Provide financial memorandum along with the Bill to ascertain the cost implication;

Inform the relevant agencies, Parliament and the public about any subsequent amendement of Rules and Regulations made as a result of amendment of an Act;

Respect the date of Royal Assent as the commencement date of any Act;

Immediately issue public announcement through print and broadcast media about the commencement of implementation of Acts from the date of grant of Royal Assent;

Conduct advocacy and awareness program among the general public on the content of Acts and their Rules and Regulations or By-laws;

Provide adequate budget, human resources and infrastructures to effectively implement the Acts;

Submit to Parliament, for the purpose of repeal, those Acts deemed redundant and obsolete; and

Urgently establish the Alternative Dispute Resolution Center as per The Alternative Dispute Resolution Act of Bhutan 2013. 
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Debate on Educational Reform

For the first time, the House called a debate with the Ministry of Education after members felt that the previous question hour session required clarification on some important issues.

A Special Committee comprising of members from Gasa, Trongsa and Bumthang raised four concerns: wholesome education curriculum, professional teacher development, resource allocation amongst educational establishment and guaging the quality of education in schools. 
Some other issues raised by members included the shortage of teachers, equitable access to education and corporal punishment.

The Hon'ble Minister for Education, Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk listened and responded to the concerns raised by the House and thanked the members for raising these important issues. In his address he said that some of the initiatives of the Ministry includes teacher pedagogy training, offering research grants and Master Degree opportunities in English, Maths and Science. Lyonpo also said that they will also be awarding prizes and recognizing schools who are making great improvements in providing quality education.

After extensive deliberation, the House directed the Special Committee to further review the policy and strategies in educational reform. They will be presented in the next session

 

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