www.education.gov.bt, is dead. And it's been dead for the last few weeks. We first tweeted about this a few days ago. My guess is that it went down about 3 or 4 weeks ago. That's a pretty long time for a website of that importance to be unavailable. In the online world, it's almost infinity. It's down for so long, in fact, that the website does not even come up in Google search results. Try looking for "ministry of education, bhutan" or any other query related to education in Bhutan. The ministry's official web site is just not there. It's gone.
For some reason, I could not find any information about this outage. There was no announcement before it went down. There was no announcement about an ongoing issue, or an estimated time of recovery. I could not find any information in the Kuensel, other newspapers or BBS; not on Twitter or Facebook; not in the official government portal (www.bhutan.gov.bt). DrukNet, the hosting company, did not provide any information as well.
If you are a parent, a student, a teacher, a researcher, or anyone interested in online information related the MoE, you're basically out of luck. According to a recently-started discussion on the new Kuensel forums, teachers in remote areas depend on the website for accessing materials. A user by the name of fuel wrote: "in the remote place education web site is must update the teachers".
My guess - and it's only a guess - is that some serious technical problem has occurred. Perhaps the website was hacked. Perhaps a hard disk crash occurred. If anyone has information about this painful outage, kindly illuminate us all.