--School of WILL:
Winners, Innovators, Leaders, Learners
UA Staff with Yab Dasho Ugyen Dorji & Yum Thuji Zam
--Hon'ble Minister's Visit:
Teachers of UA with Hon'ble Education Minister
--School of Innovators:
Ugyen Academy's Family
--Menstrual Hygiene Day:
School observing Menstrual Hygiene Day
Dear Parents, Guardians, Teachers, and Students
Re: UA’s staggered re-opening dates for 2022 Academic Session
On behalf of the UA Family, I extend our heartfelt gratitude for providing your relentless support through this most unprecedented and challenging times. For us teachers, we are as puzzled as everyone is because, before we know an academic year has come to an end, the next is beginning. Likewise, MoE has been changing the re-opening dates for schools in the country because of the uncertainties and more importantly the vaccine roll out for children aged 5 to 11 – mass vaccination of all the students. The most recent change has been notified vide Notification No: DSE/SPCD/ADM (1.1-A)/2022/274 dated 26th March 2022. Accordingly, UA wishes to share the following attachments:
Please bear with us for the slight delay in the re-opening dates for classes VII to X (Lower Division); we had no choice but to plan it that way so that all our students below 11 years are also fully vaccinated – mainly in class VII. Of course, we will be conducting Zoom Meetings to provide an opportunity for students/parents/guardians to share and reflect on UA’s culture and climate and beyond.
Additionally, it will be unbecoming on my part as a school leader not to commend our class X and XII teachers who have had hardly any break in both 2020 and 2021 academic sessions. As seasoned professionals, our teachers have sportingly endured the mental stress and physical hardships associated with coming into “self-containment mode” of operation for close to two months.
Even, amid the extraordinary challenges of the past two years, UA teachers have been innovative, flexible, and brave. But in many cases, they've also been pushed to their limits — leading to fears of them wanting to quit the profession. Undoubtedly, coping with uncertainty is always the greatest challenge. Yet, they chose to cling on because they love the “teaching profession”.
Again, with the highest number of (appearing the BCSE - Class X and BHSEC - Class XII) students in “self-containment mode” of operation in the country, UA Family members had the adaptability to move forward successfully, especially in times of great change or transformation. Yes, we have been all positive, proactive in adapting, adopting managing the complex and stress-filled situations. My hats off to our supportive parents/guardians, resilient teachers, and disciplined students for the commendable finish to academic session 2021. At the same time we all look forward to a happier and safe 2022 academic session.
“UA, what a MEAN!” Our King pointed out, “What we lack in numbers, we must make up in talent,” and that is what Miss Tasnia Faizun Ahmed who was the only international student at UA has proven. Had she had “Dzongkha”, she could have topped the BCSE. Remember, in UA’s eyes, you will be our topper not because you scored the highest but because you have been an outstanding example for, "your passion to keep learning”. We thank her “Apa” Dr. Farhad Uddin Ahmed Bhuiyan and “Ama” Dr. Taleya Chowdhury not only for the relentless support but for considering UA in Bhutan over top-class international schools on the globe – “apnake dhonnobad!”.
Forty years ago when we lost our favourite teacher, our English teacher taught us, “Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names”. Today as we mourn your loss, a student you guided for eight long years has stood as “2nd National Topper”. We remember and honour you Principal Sir Tashi Phuntsho and the brilliant staff of Lobesa Lower Secondary School, Punakha for having groomed Miss Kinley Deki Yangzom so well – her parents and you all deserve all the credit for her well deserved national position.
Often, if I am in a melancholy mood, a beautiful Hindi couplet cheers me up, which if translated reads:
“If you are in a flight of success, be patient/Birds tell, there are no places to rest in the sky!”
I must say that our UA teachers have mastered the art of resting while flying. Of course, I can be a bit mean to say, “UA, What happened to the pass 100%?” Yet, when you look at the MEAN
Total for Full Academic Session (Term I and Term II)
Ninety six thousand
XI & XII
Ninety eight thousand
Ninety nine thousand five hundred
One hundred and two thousand
Note: The government scholarship amount (if selected) is adjustable in the above mention fees - only the remaining will have to be paid by the parent(s)/guardian(s)
*Admission Confirmation Fees as mentioned below is applicable to all new students (both school and boarding) except UA scholarship and “kidu” students
School: Nu.1000/- one thousand only (to meet overtime expenses of Admission Desk Committee members on duty)
Boarding: Nu.5000/- five thousand only (no separate collection for mattress and bed-cover)
There will be no separate collection for admission forms.
*Starting from 2022 academic session, all day students will have to pay an additional Nu.5000/- (five thousand) per Term for lunch; no student will be allowed to move out during class days unless authorized by SAT.
The school also runs two Paying Guest (PG) Hostels:
*Wolokha PG (for boys) – UA Campus II is 3 Km away but has a congenial study environment
A separate transport fee of Nu.2500/- (Two thousand five hundred) per Term is collected for the daily bus service
*Gomo Delux PG (for girls)
A separate fee of Nu.3000/- (three thousand) per Term is collected as girls are kept in rooms with better facilities. It is located adjacent to the school and enjoys an autonomous mess arrangement also.
*A separate security deposit of Nu.3000/- (Three thousand) for boarding students and Nu.2000/- (two thousand) day students (refundable if not deducted for damages/fines) will have to be paid once at the time of admission.
Also, Nu.3000/- (Three thousand) ICT Fees per annum is charged separately and an additional Nu1000/- for tablet/smart phone care for boarding students. As mentioned every student must bring his/her own tablet/smart phone for blended approach in NNC/eResources – a requirement as per the Learning Management System (LMS). The school is equipped with free intranet facilities – upgraded from 100 to 500 concurrent users in 2022 academic session
*For more details, like installments/mode of payment, please contact our Finance Officer Ms Dechen Peldon on 17671602
*There are also licensed private PG Hostels near UA (for both girls and boys) for parents/guardians in case they are not able to get boarding or choose something different.
Comments: Kindly note that the above fee in the table was approved in October of 2017 by PSD, DSE & MoE.
More “National Toppers” – To dispel the strong sense of deja vu in people who care for UA
With just a solitary topper in the recent class XII (BHSEC) result, I can feel a strong sense of deja vu in people who care for UA; definitely, we are a bit spoilt because we are so used to producing more than 2 national toppers. Even amongst my teachers and my family members, we land up consoling each other, although I do not feel the need to do so – holistically “we are at our best”.
Concurrently, I just feel that it is the flip side of the overblown importance many of us have given to “National Toppers”. Please understand that I am not making excuses for failing to produce more national toppers. As a matter of fact, I understand the toil and the chemistry involved to produce national toppers. For that matter, UA has produced as many as 49 national toppers in the BCSEA examinations in our 2 decades of service to the nation; in some years as many as 6 national toppers well distributed in all three streams – all records difficult to break. Thus, UA is full of admiration in seeing other schools producing national toppers like we have done year after year – CONGRATULATIONS, Damphu CS, Karma Academy, and Royal Academy for stealing the show in 2021.
At the same time, I would not want to say that we have not done well. Publicly, we wish to commend our supportive parents/guardians, resilient teachers, and disciplined students for the commendable finish to the most challenging academic session 2021. Of note, on behalf of the UA family, I wish to express my gratitude to some individuals/agencies who have made us feel better (please view the attachments).
Furthermore, on a purely personal note, I wish to share that I had actually tendered my resignation several times, the last one being in September of 2021 – to “manage out” myself. My proprietor had asked me to look for a replacement; upon my request, my School Administration Team (SAT) scouted and they had even approached a few prominent principals. No one took the offer and I had no choice but to pull on. Right now, I am happy that a change was not made lest they are whipsawed unnecessarily – for not producing so-called more “National Toppers”.
Finally, as we head back into our classrooms, I am convinced that everyone who cares for UA has parked aside the foreboding sense of déjà vu - more “National Toppers”. “If anyone hasn’t, please do so, we assure you all that we are refreshed and recharged for the academic session 2022”. We are so excited to re-imagine the future of education with you all and refocus on every student, live up to our vision to be a school of WILL – Winners, Innovators, Learners, and Leaders, driven by our motto, “Be Your Best”. Oh! Please hang on; “Winners” in our vision is not just about winning trophies, more importantly, it is winning hearts. Thanks!