For strengthening the ‘vocational curriculum’ in the School Education System Signed between Ministry of Education (MoE) and Ministry of Labour and Human Resources (MoLHR), Thimphu.
This is an agreement on the collaboration to strengthening the support in the implementation of ‘Vocational Curriculum’ in Classes IX and XII, and ‘Vocational Clubs’ in the School.
A secretarial level meeting between the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources (MoLHR) was held on the 15th of July 2010 to address the tremendous pressure of unemployment of literate youths on the one hand and on the other hand of acute shortage of people in the labour market of our country. The meeting resolved to introduce Vocational Curriculum (VC) as an optional subject from classes IX to XII. The Curriculum and Professional Development Division (CAPSD) was instructed to develop an implementation strategy, which was presented to the two ministries on 18th August, 2010. Based on the VC implementation strategy presented, a consensus was reached between the two ministries to collaboratively introduce Vocational Curriculum in the Secondary Education System as optional subjects from IX to XII and strengthen vocational clubs in the school system by introducing appropriate courses. The VC was introduced in 5 pilot schools located nearby the Technical Training Institutes (TTIs) in the academic session 2011. A total of 186 students have completed basic education (class X) in 2012 and 230 students are enrolled in VC in 2013 academic session.
The MoE and MoLHR encouraged by the growing interest in the subject feel the need to further collaborate to strengthen support in the implementation of VC and expand the introduction of VC to classes XI and XII, as agreed in the previous MoU signed in 2011. The introduction of VC in XI and XII was to be decided based on the pilot of VC in IX and X. The VC is a popular optional subject amongst the students and the introduction to XI and XII envisions that the Bhutanese graduating from its system will have the right kind of attitude to take up any jobs as long as they are honourable and earn their livelihood which will enhance our economy and fulfill self-sufficiency in the near future.