“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
One is simply left to exclaim, “UA, what a MEAN!”