New pedagogy seeks to transform teaching-learning
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.