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Teachers, doctors top paid civil servants in Bhutan

  • Published at 11:49 am December 7th, 2019
In this photo taken on March 30, 2019, Bhutan's Prime Minister Lotay Tshering is pictured at the National Referral Hospital in the Bhutanese capital Thimphu AFP

The reason for the pay revision could be higher stress levels and longer working hours

Bhutan has announced that salaries of teachers, doctors, nurses, and all medical staff will be hiked to make them the highest paid civil servants in the country

The cabinet decision was taken on June 5 , The Bhutanese reported.

Calling it a “huge strategical move,” the news portal stated that the announcement has overturned the present hierarchy in which unofficial civil service administrators enjoyed various perks including training and trips.

“The numbers of teachers involved in the hike are huge as there are 8,679 teachers, followed by the medical staff who number around 4,000,” the report said.

A press release issued by the Bhutanese Prime Minister’s Office stated: “If the pay revision comes through as proposed by the government, teaching becomes the highest paid profession in the country.”

The reason for the pay revision, The Bhutanese reported, could be higher stress levels and longer working hours in both medical as well as teaching professions