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Friday, July 27, 2012

Clean plate Policy

Sonam Tshering XII Science C  and Ranbir XII Science B

Many countries in the world today are facing food problems, it is a fact that more than one million people go hungry every day in the World. Our country is lucky to not have food shortages but that does not mean we should take food for granted. There for  to make us aware of the value of food Punakha HSS has adopted the “clean plate policy”. This policy was coined by our principal, Mr. Yash Bdr. Ghallay when he was at Chhukha HSS many years ago. Though our school is just a small fragment of our small country in this humongous World, we still can make a lot of difference if we value food and refrain from wasting it.

Despite the policy being followed many years ago, I hadn’t heard about it, until I came to Punakha Higher Secondary School and saw it written on a board, inside the dining hall. But I realized it only one evening when we had a shortage of dinner. I saw it looking at me expecting some genuine respond. Being sceptical I laughed at it, thinking about what it meant. Did it mean licking my plate till I see my own image? I found it humorous and didn’t pay much thought but I had to spent the night without dinner.

Spending a night without dinner for someone who always complained about food at home was really hard, I could not sleep that night as my stomach groaned in pain like a hungry monster.

The very next morning during breakfast I saw the slogan, “clean plate policy” once again. I didn’t laugh that time but carefully examined the words, ‘Clean Plate Policy’. I thought about the words deeply. And yes, I was finally enlightened; If every one had taken their share of the dinner or only the amount he/she would be able to finish, there would not have been a shortage.
“Clean Plate Policy” is the key to enhance the availability, proper management and essential knowledge about food. Following “Clean Plate Policy” whole heartedly will not only enhance proper management of food availability at the school but also contribute in the reduction of food wastage in the nation and may be the World. More than anything it will instill in one the moral value of appreciating the food we get.

These few words have valuable meaning. In our school it also means self serving the right amount of food in order not to waste. The words express a strong commitment, a commitment not to waste food and to think of people who are not fortunate like us.

If our brain can conceive the wise words and heart can believe, we will achieve it. Therefore let’s  commit ourselves to “clean plate policy”, remembering that it is going to make a whole lot of difference if everyone of us be mindful and follow this policy.

So, ‘Clean Plate Ploicy, We Promise We will not waste Our Food’.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


I will be honest. I never liked Ugyen Academy aka UA( UA is our closest neighbor, strongest opponent and the only competition in the district. My dislike for UA was born because they beat us in football and basketball every year, except last year, which was more of luck than real skill. Every year UA lifts the winning trophies for most of the ball games, their victory cry pained my ears. What was frustrating was also because most of our good players who pass out or fail play against us in their team the next year.

What I did not contemplate was, UA’s dominance has made us work harder, both academically and in sports. Being the only high school in the district before was like becoming lazy; our standards had come down. But now our footballers play and lose against UA every year. Though we lose all the time, there is less pressure, as we risk nothing compared to them but work harder.

Most of the football, basketball, and volleyball players in UA come to the school on scholarships. They also come from humble backgrounds. These boys and girls are brought to UA and are given free education. To study at UA, is not for the financially challenged. A boarding student has to pay ranging from 65 to 80 thousand for one year, depending on the stream of their choice. UA is, at the beginning of every year overwhelmed with new admissions and some say it is the best private school in the country.  
Bhutan, is a developing country and like other developed countries, games and sports have not become professional careers but what UA is doing is a start. In a government school one would neglect games and sports because it will not land you in to a job but this is slowly changing, and it’s a good change. I never realized that UA is giving these students a second chance to life. These students are mostly under performers in academics but the facilities at UA focuses on their strengths and help the students boost their confidence. Their strength being sports. UA also extends its scholarship to the underprivileged and the needy students, we call these students kidu students.

My students competing with the UA students, is like watching my child get beaten by another child who is faster, stronger and bigger, so it is normal that I feel the emotions that I feel. But UA wins every game, playing them by the rules of the game and now realizing this I have no hard feelings against UA, rather I am glad that we have UA.