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Presentation on Review of Programme Initiatives towards improving the Quality of Education

Posted on :20 February 2020

The members of the Good Governance Committee presented the report on the review of Programme Initiatives towards improving the Quality of Education to the House.

Hon’ble Lhatu, Chair of the Committee, reported that the review was undertaken to determine the reformatory initiatives undertaken to enhance the quality of education; gap between the intended purposes and implementation of these initiatives; and areas requiring review and improvement to ensure optimal efficacy of the reform initiatives.

He informed that in the past sessions, the National Council passed 21 resolutions calling the attention of the government on improvement or reformatory measures in the areas of: teacher performance, curriculum, student learning outcomes, and resource allocation. The follow-up report from the government on the implementation status of the resolutions indicated that all 21 resolutions were acknowledged either as part of reform initiatives reflected in the Bhutan Education Blueprint 2014-2024 or initiatives under implementation by the Ministry of Education. One of the resolutions was on the need to find appropriate measures to ensure financial sustainability of the Central Schools.

The Committee observed that conscious efforts have been made by stakeholder agencies to enhance the quality of education through initiatives such as formulation of Bhutan Education Blueprint 2014-2024; nationwide Professional Development (PD) programmes for teachers; ICT master plan to support teaching and learning; development of the National School Curriculum Framework; digitization of curriculum materials and curriculum rationalization; and development of National Education Assessment Policy Framework.

The Committee found out that despite these efforts, there is a constant struggle towards attaining the quality of education. The Committee highlighted the issues of limited access to and coverage of Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) centres; inadequate budgetary support for primary education services; adverse impact of school ranking system; lack of timely orientation for teacher’s curriculum and other support services; and challenges concerning PD programmes for teachers.

Recognizing the aforementioned issues, the Committee proposed recommendations of increasing access to ECCD centres and its coverage; ensuring adequate financial and human resources for the primary schools; reviewing the current practice of school ranking system; providing adequate facilities and tools for effective implementation of any new or revised curriculum; and reviving the erstwhile Centenary Institute of Education or strengthening the existing Royal Education Council to assume the responsibility of both designing and delivering of PD programmes.

Following the introduction, the Committee clarified on the issue raised by the Members on issues related to Central school, the government policy on the enrolment age from 6 to 5, enrollment of Class ten pass to eleven without cut-off points and doing away with the exams from Class PP to 3, giving autonomy of budget for primary education, and quality of education amongst others.

The House will deliberate on the proposed recommendations of the Committee on Wednesday.




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