Health and Education

Bhutanese health care development accelerated in the early 1960s with the establishment of the Department of Public Health and the opening of new hospitals and dispensaries throughout the country. The government has maintained a system of universal health care for its citizens.

The school year in the 1980s ran from March through December. Tuition, books, stationery, athletic equipment, and food were free for all boarding schools in the 1980s, and some high schools also provided clothing. With the assistance of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s World Food Programme, free midday meals were provided in some primary schools.

Before the introducation of modern education, the only education available in Bhutan was from monasteries. Access to basic education has become the right of all Bhutanese and it is the key to the most of the nation’s buildings.