New ped­a­gogy seeks to trans­form teach­ing-learn­ing

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Teach­ing-learn­ing in Bhutan is ex­pected to un­dergo a sea change with the teach­ers un­der­go­ing Trans­for­ma­tive Ped­a­gogy, which de­mands ac­tive and en­gaged stu­dents ask­ing crit­i­cal ques­tions and look­ing for ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion be­yond those given in the cur­ricu­lum.

Ed­u­ca­tion has played a cru­cial role at the heart of all the trans­for­ma­tion. Much as Bhutan’s ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem has achieved, it has been aching for in­ter­ven­tions and re­forms.

Over the years, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion (MoE) has taken sev­eral ini­tia­tives to re­form the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem aimed at im­prov­ing the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion.

The stu­dents re­quires a sys­tem of whole­some ed­u­ca­tion that grooms the cit­i­zens to be­come knowl­edge­able, skill­ful, cre­ative, en­ter­pris­ing, mind­ful, re­flec­tive, con­fi­dent, and ca­pa­ble of re­spond­ing to the emerg­ing na­tional and global chal­lenges.

Hence, the Prime Min­is­ter de­clared the year 2016 as the ‘Teacher Devel­op­ment Year’ on 2 May 2016 co­in­cid­ing with the Teach­ers’ Day. Since then, the MoE has em­barked on pro­vid­ing train­ing on Trans­for­ma­tive Ped­a­gogy to all the teach­ers of the coun­try.

This trans­for­ma­tion ini­tia­tive is a unique ap­proach that pro­vides teach­ers with new ways of teach­ing.

Tsh­er­ing Dorji, the prin­ci­pal of Rinchen Higher Se­condary School in Thim­phu, said usu­ally it is an ef­fi­cient way to avoid su­per­fi­cial learn­ing and to de­velop a deeper un­der­stand­ing.

He said that there will be a lot of changes in the class­room struc­tures in term of ar­range­ment, cor­po­ra­tive learn­ing struc­ture and ac­tive learn­ing. “The tra­di­tional way of sleepy learn­ing struc­ture will be re­moved and there will be a lot of move­ment in the class­room,” he said.

A teacher from Yangchen­phu Higher Se­condary School in Thim­phu said, “I be­lieve such a progress and im­prove­ment has blos­somed be­cause of the com­mit­ment, ded­i­ca­tion and hard work of all school teach­ers.”

He also said there are some chal­lenges like the small size of class­room that can’t ad­just many stu­dents for the trans­for­ma­tive ped­a­gogy.

Teach­ers are com­pe­tent and com­mit­ted to im­ple­ment­ing trans­for­ma­tive ped­a­gogy as ev­i­dent from the teach­ers dur­ing the fifth round of Trans­for­ma­tive Ped­a­gogy Train­ing at Khasadrapchu Mid- dle Se­condary School in Thim­phu.

The skills teach­ers ac­quired through the five- day train­ing will fa­cil­i­tate an in­ter­ac­tive and ro­bust class cul­ture that will help groom stu­dents to be con­fi­dent and com­pe­tent in any sit­u­a­tion.

The train­ers of each batch of teach­ers com­prise teach­ers as low as 20 and as many as 60 from dif­fer­ent schools.

The train­ing con­tent and struc­ture are de­signed by the prac­tic­ing teach­ers, train­ers and ex­perts from the Royal Ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil, Bhutan Coun­cil for School Ex­am­i­na­tion and as­sess­ment and the MoE.

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