Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Setting the National Goal

The training on English for effective communication is far too short but the impact will live on for thousands of teaching fraternity. This five day training has stirred thoroughly on teacher’s spoken competency level. With the spread of English for various reasons at home and abroad, the training have also emphasized on the advantage of being a good communicator as a teacher in school and –beyond.     

Although, English is neither our Mother Tongue nor our official language. But, English being the main medium of instruction in our schools, ministry felt that conducting such PD program for teachers would immensely benefit in making of competent teachers and better education system in the country.  

With the spread of English for political medium, to access information and entertainment and to function actively in the world no more holds the ownership of Great Britain alone. Thus, learning to communicate effectively has become necessary not only in our country, but also to rest of the world. And to a surprise China is pushing forward for learning and communicating in English language. 

Today, English being so invincible it is obvious that even in our context, knowingly or unknowingly it is seen that the usage of English is becoming unofficially official language in all offices.

So, when English has taken such rapid growth every part of the globe, back in our school setting, it is very sure that, English is being practiced and used excessively in our curriculum, organizing school activities and to adjust in the school system needs good English proficiency. In the modern world, it is seen that someone's personality can be easily judged and made with good spoken English and not any other proficiency.  

Although, we have learned English from the very first day of our schooling till the end of university. However, we lack being very effective in this four bands –reading, writing, listening and speaking. This training has mainly conducted to enhance skills on building effective communication skills, barriers of communication, non-verbal communication, public speaking maladies and hitches.

It is hope that all such gap can be filled at the earliest provided that individual teacher have taken this summer PD program positively. I have learnt how to manage and overcome stage fright. From this training, I have realized that the importance of teacher's spoken English language is all to put better food on the table at the end of the day.

The other reasons could be to inspire and motivate our fellow teachers of their importance and the value they carry in the society.   

However, at the same time we have seen lot of mayhem being levitated through social media throughout nation. Some of the mentioned hue and cry was about the unreliable weather, the road conditions and wrong timing. Many felt it was planned and conducted during winter break. But, finally without any hitches the training was over and everyone seemed to be happy and satisfied.

We look forward for continued support from our ministry for all times.

Monday, July 24, 2017

White Wagtail

White wagtail (Motacilla alba)

                                               To mark, World Rangers' Day.

Length: 16 – 19cm
Status: Fairly common winter visitor.
Altitude range: 110 – 345m.
Habitat: Rivers, streams, damp fields, vicinity of water and short grassland.
Food: It depends mainly upon varieties of insects, fish, frogs, etc.
Description: The white wagtail is a small passerine bird in the wagtail family, motacillidae. It has extremely variable head pattern and mantle color indicating its racial identification of breeding males. This species breeds in much of Europe, Asia and parts of north Africa. In Bhutan, it is found in all the places especially in southern and central areas.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Taxi Driver - The Most Challenging Job in the Market.

This past one week I have been constantly watching bbs Television just to be on the toe of latest happenings. But, to my surprise, almost all the news fed were neither informative nor educational, many were unmannered except for few road network connectivity for commuters due to recent heavy downpour.

All the coverage were, "15 nabbed for smoking in public areas, Druk PNB ATM teller accused of siphoned Nu. 10M, 54 years-old man gets 17 years in jail for raping a minor, etc." 

What is happening to GNH country? 

Yesterday's headline on, 'Aspiring taxi drivers may have to face an interview.' have captured my attention the most. The content of the news has really alerted and touched my nerve, although I am not making life out from gearing taxi string. I feel their feelings. 

Though, I fear for sharing my opinion on this agenda, but it's my long term frank opinion. The three most hatred jobs are, 'teacher, taxi driver and police personnel.' I don't know why people have to hate these profession so much.

Is there anyone who don't take a taxi drive? Is there anyone who don't want to do education, teachers are the inevitable person and the main pillar for the success of education? Is there anyone who don't want law and peace in order and themselves to be well shielded by our police personnel?

Although, the need to sit for an interview to become a taxi driver has become important due to many reasons. However, more important is self-consciences. Given a chance anyone can pass any level of test but this test alone can't define person's integrity, knowledge and inner self.

As stated by taxi drivers, "most people look down on their profession today.", "people feel that those who fail in their duties, as a civil servants, armed personnel or monks become taxi drivers." How can we determine one flash of interview alone is enough to determine that person and change the whole mindset of our society towards taxi driver?

Then, what going wrong with our teaching profession, they have a decent qualification and have taken all kinds of tests and interviews. Yet, we see their profession isn't sailing well in the society today, although many say, 'teaching job is a noble profession.'

Dear taxi drivers of Bhutan, as you have raised your voice over the low graded job you are doing in the society for the society and so does is my job. I am an educator and people have same notion about my profession too. Don't worry we share the same fate. Not only you and I share such poor fate. There are our police personnel who have even vilest fate than ours.

Besides all the hurdles, I know our teachers will continue to nurture minds, taxi driver’s drive their passenger home safely and police personnel continue to guard the nation and uphold laws and justice for all of us. Our country will continue to prosper better. 

Don't forget to Burn and Shine! It won't cost you more.  

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Digitized textbook for students in pipeline - II

While China is busy nagging supremacy over Bhutan's ancestral land, Bhutan continues to make ineffectual planning.  

Indeed, REC (Royal Education Council) planning onto such a cool digitized textbook is already laudable, a very smart initiative for the day. But, who will bear the entire cost escalation?  

If REC is looking forward to provide quality education, back problems and reduce workload. Digitized textbook is not the ultimate solution. 

Firstly, we must look for better classroom walls, stronger windowpane and superior place to sit on and better infrastructures. I feel lockers for every student in the school is must and slashing unwanted topics is always healthy. 

Secondly, we must think for Smart Classroom Settings (i.e. classroom with WiFi connectivity, overhead projector, audio system, video surveillance system, etc). 

Thirdly, teacher recruitment policy must be upgraded. I mean teacher entry should be for degree holder. Ministry must hunt for competent teacher candidate through series of aptitude test. One teacher can make a huge difference in education system and in the life of student. Therefore, I feel bringing in right teacher candidate is most for the success of Education.  

I don't mean, two teaching colleges and teacher graduate are not doing well. They are doing exceptionally well in the field and –beyond. However, with change in time, and for various social reasons, it is must to have proper degree qualification, and not mere degree in Education field.

This big initiative would definitely bring many positive impact in our boys and girls and would lessen the burden of our teachers. However, I could feel that parents have to sell their last milking cow to meet school demand. Parents who have more than one school going child or single parent have to auction their Kidney, if not their last bull would be unlucky. 

I feel going textbook less curriculum would be absolutely ambitious but an expensive affairs for both RGoB and parents. 

While far powerful country like US and Japan have never thought of such hogwash educational reforms, Bhutan is pushing for this unrealistic project. Is it appropriate this time? Do we have all the luxury to go for such Hi-Fi system, when we don't have functioning PC in school? While Trump Administration is busy negotiating with North Korea for Satellite Superiority, Bhutan continues to make such unsuccessful project to run into broken classroom. 

Should this smart textbook less curriculum be continue to progress, Bhutan's dream for world class education will continue to be unfaithful. Although, the cost of software package developments are borne by RGoB at the initial phase, after all, the service depth goes to all our parents.   

It seemed to me that REC is going crazy upon digitized textbook, which is not at all possible this time. Whatever, implementation part is not as easy as designing by sitting in their office. Before planning such huge project, first they must study and understand the problems at ground level. Therefore, one thing they have to understand is, many schools across the country don't have functioning computer and strong classroom wall. 

I fear simply jumping into digitized textbook to solve 'irreversible back problems' is not the ultimate solution. Rather planning to invest in good system is more important. I am saying what we can do to improve the quality education as well as to prevent back deformities of school boys and girls. I feel, Bhutan is not yet ready for this big Gamble. This would be a complete failure! 

 School Bag.
Image - google
                                   ...to be continued

Note: This is completely a personal view. This is not to offend any readers or concern agencies. 

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