Education Minister Lyonpo Jai Bir Rai visited schools of eastern Dzongkhags. His Excellency met the education fraternities of Wangduephodrang, Trongsa, Bumthang, Lhuntse, Mongar, Trashiyangtse, Trashigang, Pemagatshel and Zhemgang. His Excellency visited some of the most remote Schools, ECRs, ECCD and NFE Centers, sat with the students, teachers and instructors to talk about the crucial roles they play. His Excellency thanked everyone for placing immense importance on education and making things work from places as far. As always, His Excellency reiterated that we must at all times be reminded of the importance bestowed upon the youth and education by our Visionary Monarchs and work hard to fulfil the aspirations. Some of the concerns shared by His Excellency: 1. Technology based teaching and learning – Our students and teachers must learn to explore beyond textbook and classroom. Development of ICT infrastructure, online teaching and learning, blended learning, IOT and machine learning are some of the most important lessons that we must invest in. 2. Strong research-based education – Apart from teaching, our teachers must also have the thirst for learning, knowledge and wisdom. Action research and publication of proper write ups and papers should be one of the major focuses. 3. Education leadership – Our leaders, DEOs, Principals and Vice Principals must be passionate, competent and well versed in what they are doing. Our leaders must lead themselves and their subordinates with excellent leadership quality. 4. Career based education/teaching – Our ways of teaching and learning must be aligned with future needs and work accordingly to achieve the goals. 5. Competency Based Curriculum and Assessment – New Normal Curriculum, from What to How. 6. How to improve the STEM subject score – Our children must excel in STEM subjects and our teachers must explore ways to make our children learn better. 7. Bhutan Professional Standards for Teachers – Our teachers will be rewarded as per their capabilities. It will also motivate them to perform better, learn and teach better. 8. Quality of Education – Good is not good enough, we must strive for excellence. In order to achieve this, the thoughts and mindsets of our educators, community leaders, bureaucrats and policy makers must be on the same page. The future of our Nation depends on the Quality of Education we provide.
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