Led by the Ministry of Education (MoE), related stakeholders in the country are gearing up their efforts to transition Bhutan’s education system to cater to the 21st century learning environment.
Using the Roadmap, educational leaders can determine where their system is and where they need to go in each of the topic areas, find examples of successful transformations and guidance on how to navigate their own paths to creating 21st-century learning environments.
The work on the Roadmap was inspired from the Royal Kasho. Education Minister Jai Bir Rai informed the ministry has developed the Education Roadmap for the 21st century which is about 80 per cent complete. This was reported during the National Assembly last time.
This effort comes after many years erosion of education system and only after His Majesty issued Royal Kasho on the auspicious occasion of the 113th National Day in Punakha Dzong on 17th December 2020, in order to initiate a transformative reconceptualisation of education system.
This is against the backdrop of the country’s weakening quality of education, provides a framework for innovation and improvement in teaching- learning system with the goal of supporting the development of all students into prepared, informed and engaged citizens.
The MoE had consulted Parliament of Bhutan on Education Roadmap for the 21st Century on 14 September.
The MoE presented the Education Roadmap for the 21st Century to the Members of Parliament at the National Council Plenary. The Speaker of the National Assembly, the Chairperson of the National Council and Opposition Leader also attended the consultation.
The Opposition Leader presented on three strategic areas: Architecture (pathways) of education system, Pedagogy and Curriculum, and Labour Market Education.
The ministry has revised the school curriculum and stared to implementation of the Bhutan Baccalaureate developed at the Royal Academy at Pangbisa in Paro.
However, the Roadmap should not be a national curriculum, but a robust framework with content guidance and advice about pedagogic strategies that can guide improvement and innovation in learning curricula, resources, and learning opportunities.
The goal of the framework and advisory guidance is to support the development of students into prepared, informed, and engaged civic participants.