Implementation of Rationalized Curriculum and Revised Instructional Time 2019

Royal Education Council is pleased to convey the endorsement of rationalized curriculum and revised instructional time by the tripartite meeting of Ministry of Education, Royal Education Council and Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assessment held on March 27, 2019 for immediate implementation.

1.     The curriculum rationalization is based on the recommendations of the Bhutan Education Blueprint 2014-2024, the National School Curriculum Conference 2016 and the resolution of the 19th National Education Conference. The existing textbooks were reviewed: irrelevant content were screened out, obsolete content replaced with updated information, and errors rectified.

2.     In line with curriculum rationalization, instructional hours have been revised. All these changes shall be incorporated in the next editions/ reprints of the curriculum materials.

3.     All schools are advised to note the changes and implement them accordingly.


Details of rationalization in each subject and the revised instructional time are provided in the links below:

1. Revised Instructional Time Allocation 2019

2. Rationalized Subjects

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  1. Tshering lhamo on 7 September 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Class x chemistry syllabus is not very clear. We are still confused which chapter 7 is out of syllabus? Because chapter 7 in the content is rate of reaction and inside the book is reversible reaction. Please clarify on it. It’s really confusing. We didn’t even get a clarification mail.

    • Anonymous on 12 November 2019 at 11:47 am

      For class X and IX chemistry syllabus, please kindly contact Mr. Bhoj Raj Rai at or 17642838

  2. Kinley wangchuk on 26 May 2019 at 10:14 am

    The concern individuals need to edit the classes la. As we can see iv instead of VI la. And the of class VIII science topics also need editions la.

  3. Kado on 9 May 2019 at 8:58 am

    Indeed, it is a great initiative of the REC as per the design and need of the 21st century. I am hopeful that while in the process of thinning the curriculum, important aspects of the learning are not put at stake.

    The abrupt thinning of curriculum, we are not sure as to how we should be implemented. Should we hold on the circular and implement in respective schools or should we wait for the Dzongkhag Education Offices’ direction for implementation? Ours is a common dzongkhag level common examination. Thus we remain in anticipation for the positive suggestion.

  4. Phurpa Gyeltshen on 7 May 2019 at 10:49 am

    Great work REC

  5. Kelzang Tadhi on 25 April 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks REC for the reduce of periods and instructional time.. but my question is that how if we take 50 minutes per period per week from clasd pp to iii.
    Can any one from REC can solve my problem or can we use wat u have given…
    Please advise me
    Kelzang Tashi

  6. Sushila gurung,samtse hss on 24 April 2019 at 11:46 am

    Thank you REC for bringing the change.

    • Anonymous on 28 April 2019 at 9:49 pm

      For further clarification please contact mathematics curriculum developer at

  7. Anonymous on 23 April 2019 at 5:43 pm

    I am really confused what to teach from calculus part of Higher Seconday Business Mathematics

    • Anonymous on 28 April 2019 at 9:47 pm

      For further clarification please contact mathematics curriculum developer at

  8. Sangay wangmo on 20 April 2019 at 10:50 am

    REC has done a grate job. I would like to suggest regarding the Dzongkha timing. It would be grateful if you could kindly increase the timing for class IX n X like English.
    Thank you.

  9. Tashi Penjor Sherpa (GCS) on 19 April 2019 at 2:30 pm

    I have doubt under Subject wise time and suggestive period allocation please
    If we are taking 8 periods of 40min a day, we are supposed to have 40 periods a week.
    But in the circular we found that No. of periods (per week) is less than 40 (i.e PP = 24, I = 24, II = 27 …)
    So this is leaving most of the classes vacant.
    We are confused on how to allocate the period.

    We would be grateful if you could clarify it la.
    Thank you

  10. GELEK on 19 April 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Excellent job done by REC, as all teachers across the country are in dire need of awareness and clarification regarding time allocation for subjects. T.hank you

  11. Chador Lhendup on 18 April 2019 at 2:10 pm

    I on be half of Lakhu Primary school (Punakha) would like to thank REC team for making our work light and convenient by minimizing teaching hours.

    • Tashi Tenzin on 26 February 2020 at 10:55 pm

      Respected Sir,
      I think for me the total of 40 periods a week (5 instructional days) is entirely for periods only and not subject wise. For instance, if cl pp takes only Dzo or Eng or Math throughout the instructional days then no doubt it will make up 40 periods else, for respective subjects the 40 periods are divided amongst three pp subjects.
      Good night la.