Three sub­jects for classes PP to III now

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Classes PP to III will now have only three sub­jects. En­vi­ron­men­tal Stud­ies (EVS) will be in­fused into Dzongkha and English leav­ing them with English, Dzongkha, and Math­e­mat­ics.

Royal Ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil (REC) and the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion (MoE) pur­posed for the in­fu­sion.

Karma Ten­zin, a train­ing de­vel­oper with REC said that, al­though EVS would no longer be taught as a sep­a­rate sub­ject, its con­cepts and prin­ci­ple would be built into the lan­guage cur­ricu­lum.

Presently, EVS is a sep­a­rate sub­ject taught by gen­eral teach­ers in Dzongkha.

The prin­ci­pal of Jigme Losel Pri­mary School in Thim­phu, Choki, said that the in­te­gra­tion or the­matic prac­tice had been car­ried out since 2008. She added that the stu­dents of classes PP to III did not un­der­stand dif­fer­ent sub­jects. They were all lan­guage for them.

Re­search has re­vealed that the EVS text­book is a di­rectly trans­lated ver­sion of the pre­vi­ous text in English, so there is a risk of con­fu­sion and du­pli­ca­tion within texts at the same level.

The in­te­gra­tion is likely to al­low a bet­ter fo­cus on lit­er­acy at lower pri­mary lev­els to build a strong foun­da­tion.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Norbu Wangchuk said that re­search showed many pri­mary stu­dents passed with­out gain­ing any nec­es­sary com­pe­tency in the lan­guages.

Dur­ing the 2017 aca­demic ses­sion, Dzongkha teach­ers will teach the EVS com­po­nents the­mat­i­cally with Dzongkha.

Ac­cord­ing to the ac­tion plan, by De­cem­ber 2017, the REC is ex­pected to ori­ent English and Dzongkha teach­ers to the re­vised PP cur­ricu­lum and the plan will be fol­lowed in a sim­i­lar man­ner for Classes I, II and III.

The cur­ricu­lum frame­work and guide­lines are ex­pected to be avail­able by March or April this year to sup­port the teach­ing of EVS by the Dzongkha teach­ers.

While strength­en­ing lit­er­acy, the in­fu­sion is also ex­pected to pro­mote more time for English and Dzongkha to pro­mote the lan­guages and re­duce the work­load.

The main con­tents of EVS con­sist of his­tory, cul­ture and tra­di­tion, geog­ra­phy, sci­ence, health ed­u­ca­tion, phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, agri­cul­ture, and cre­ative ac­tiv­i­ties.

EVS was ini­tially taught in English (1986– 1995) and later started to be taught in Dzongkha since 1996.

The min­istry also re­solved to fo­cus on nu­mer­acy and lan­guage at the pri­mary level.

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