17 November 2012, Samtse | Kuensel

Educating young Bhutanese, His Majesty the King yesterday said to a packed hall of National Institute for Education trainees in Samtse, was the single most important thing for the country.

Trainee teachers, he said, were entrusted with great power to do just that.

Imagine, he said, the number of students, who would pass through each of the classrooms in their careers as teachers.

“You have the great power to influence them and make a difference in their lives. You must think about what kind of values you want to impart to these students,” His Majesty said. “Even the little things teachers may or may not do might make the difference between success and failure of students in their lives.”

His Majesty also told the trainees that the noble profession entailed that they keep learning throughout their lives to be good teachers.

“You simply cannot give what you don’t have,” he said, adding the trainees should become teachers only if that was their true passion. “If you don’t feel that way, you must find another way to serve the country, because, as teachers, you owe your students your best.”

A boost to the trainees’ morale, His Majesty assured his support to teachers throughout his reign.

“I’ll give you more importance and more recognition than any other sector,” His Majesty said. “You’re going to make the greatest difference to the future of our country.”

His Majesty said that, for him, having good teachers was most important.

The country, he said, could perform well if it had strong, intelligent and hopeful students.

“If our youth are capable, there’s nothing that we should worry about, and this is all in your hands,” he said, adding that, if teachers only focused on having their students pass their exams, they would have learnt nothing.

“You, as teachers, should assure every Bhutanese student in future has right attitude, right character and right morals,” he said. “In teachers, there should not be mediocracy.”

So far, he said, all teachers in the country had been diligent and dedicated, and that the tradition should continue.

His Majesty also told trainees that 2013 was an important year for Bhutan.

He said it was essential to ensure that everyone over the age of 18 participated in democracy and the election process.

“Apathy is dangerous,” His Majesty said, adding that the people had to be careful not to create differences and divisions in the society because of politics.

His Majesty, accompanied by Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, is on a tour of the southern dzongkhags.

Nima Wangdi Samtse

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