Keeping Up With The Times, ICT To Be A Compulsory Subject For Bhutan’s Class IX Students

Email

Starting from the 2019 academic session, ICT will be taught for a period a week.

His Majesty, the King of Bhutan 'flying' with school kids. (Source: Flickr/Istvan Hernadi)

  

By Yangchen C Rinzin | Kuensel

According to a circular issued by the Department of School Education, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will be a compulsory subject for grade IX students.

Starting from the 2019 academic session, the subject will be taught for a period a week. The council would also provide orientation to teachers on the new literacy curriculum for grade IX this vacation.

The optional subject, Computer Application would be discontinued immediately. The December 21 circular also stated that the department would do away with Computer Application and implement compulsory ICT in the 2020 academic session.

The Chief Program Officer of the Instructional Media Division, Ugyen Dorji said the Royal Education Council (REC) has already completed and developed the ICT literacy curriculum for grade IX.

The four core strands of ICT education

Ugyen Dorji explained that the literacy curriculum with ICT is based on four strands – knowledge and operation, digital citizenship, communication and collaboration and computational thinking.

“Although we prefer to orient teachers who have ICT background, it’s not possible in some schools,” he said, adding that this time REC is expecting teachers with ICT background for class IX.

 

Bhutan W.I.R.ED (“Weaving Infotech Resources in Education”), co-funded by Singapore’s Temasek Foundation and the SIF, is a three-year collaboration with MOE Bhutan and the Royal University of Bhutan. This initiative aims to help develop the capacity of Bhutan’s educational system in employing IT for learning and living in the 21st century.

Photo: Singapore International Foundation

 

The REC has already developed and implemented an ICT literacy curriculum from grade IV to VI in 2017 and grade VII-VIII in 2018 as a compulsory subject. This is in line with the Education ICT master plan (iSherig) and the Bhutan Education Blueprint.

The iSherig has identified the development of a comprehensive curriculum for literacy with ICT. The subject is expected to teach technical skills, ethics in the use of ICT such as cyber safety, plagiarism and the responsible use of computers.

With this, the department also notified all schools with computer laboratories to offer ICT as a compulsory subject from grade IV and above for a period each a week.

Statistical breakdown of schools which have computers, internet access and electricity

According to the Annual Education Statistics 2018, about 205 public schools and 28 private schools have computers. However, only 46 out of 308 public primary schools have computers.

 

A primary school in the Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan.

Photo: Markus Wild

 

An approximate 12 percent of the public primary schools still do not have electricity connection. Most of these schools are located in remote places in Bhutan.

As of 2018, the average computers per student for schools with computers are one computer per 23 students. The middle secondary schools have the lowest student computer ratio of 1:25 and primary schools have the highest computer to student ratio of 1:37 in public schools.

In terms of internet connectivity in schools, about 94 percent of private schools and 51 percent of public schools are connected to the internet whereas about 95 percent of the public higher secondary schools and 49 percent of the public primary schools have access to the internet.

 

This article first appeared in kuensel and has been edited for the Daily Bhutan.

 


Related Posts

Bhutan’s Internet Addiction Rate Among The Highest In The...

According to a study conducted by a team of doctors, at least four out of 10 adolescents are addicted to the internet in...

Nov 14, 2018 13:16

73 Year Old Non-Formal Education Instructor Wants To Continue...

At 73, Serchung is one of the oldest non-formal education (NFE) instructors in Bhutan today.

Dec 16, 2018 01:09

My Green School – Book By Bhutanese Educator Thakur S Powdyel,...

Professor Miwako Hosoda believes that ‘My Green School’ will be of much interest to students, educators and researchers.

Dec 02, 2018 09:31

Laya Central School Faces Infrastructure Constraints For Its...

The current infrastructure that caters to classes up to the eighth grade was built more than two decades ago.

Nov 15, 2018 13:54

Cordyceps Collection, Early Marriage And Other Factors Cause...

Mr Thinley Rabgay from the Laya Central School conducted a research with a sample size of 200 collected from the...

Nov 01, 2018 16:57

Emulating Singapore And Japan, Bhutan Aims To Do Away With Exams...

Instead of using the traditional mode of gauging a student’s performance through tests and exams, the Education Ministry...

Dec 21, 2018 23:57

Latest

News

EU Commits Additional 7.3 m Euros To Support Bhutan’s Sustainable Development Path

The Lyonchhen shared that the top priority for Bhutan is to ‘narrow the gap’ and address inequalities in the country.

Jun 22, 2019 22:28

Bhutan Implements National Adaptation Plan To Counter Adverse Impact Of Climate Change

The new project builds on work already underway to identify and respond to climate change impacts.

Jun 21, 2019 23:58

Features

Bhutan To Observe ‘Zero Waste Hour’ Once A Month To Achieve A Zero Waste Society by 2030

The National Environment Commission's campaign 'My waste, my responsibility', was launched by Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen on 2 June.

Jun 24, 2019 15:46

Turning Two Soon, Twins Nima And Dawa Are ‘Happy And Healthy’ At Home In Bhutan

For more than three months since their return from Australia in early March, the twins have been doing well at home.

Jun 23, 2019 20:58

Sports

Bhutan’s Dragon Boys Starts FIFA World Cup Qualifiers With A 1-0 Win Over Guam

Midfielder, Tshering Dorji’s 35th minute strike was enough to make Bhutan win the first leg of the first round of the 2022 World Cup and...

Jun 07, 2019 22:18

Meet Choki Om – First Woman From Bhutan To Become A FIFA Referee

Originally from the district of Wangdue, Choki has already been a referee for over a decade.

May 16, 2019 20:58

Business

Swiss Business Delegates Visited Bhutan To Explore Business Opportunities

“Switzerland has a strong industrial base that equally matches the geographical conditions of Bhutan,” said Phub Zam.

Jun 14, 2019 17:25

Celebrating Bhutan's Entrepreneurs: Pema And Rinchen Dorji Wangyel Of Wangyel Studio

This story is part of an exclusive feature by Yeewong Magazine in Dec 2018 on celebrating entrepreneurship in Bhutan.

May 28, 2019 19:18

Travel

Applying Buddhist Values in Life: Discover Happiness In Bhutan Through Meditation

His Eminence Khedrupchen Rinpoche speaks about a workshop that tourists can partake in to apply Buddhist concepts into work.

Jun 21, 2019 12:35

Incorporating The Values Of Gross National Happiness Into Bhutan’s Hospitality Sector

High-end hotels like Six Senses and Zhiwa Ling have come up with their own ways to incorporate the tenets of GNH and sustainability...

Jun 09, 2019 19:28

Lifestyle

An Exciting Line-Up Of Speakers To Be Featured In Bhutan’s Mountain Echoes Festival 2019

Themed ‘Many Lives, Many Stories’ - the festival, according to the press release, will mark its 10th anniversary with modern Bhutanese...

Jun 25, 2019 21:28

5 cafes to visit in Thimphu

Best places to hang out in Thimphu for a steaming mug of coffee along with a delicious bite to eat.

Jun 19, 2019 10:30

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!