Education faced numerous challenges with the turn of this century. Unemployment of the literate youth, food insecurity due to rural urban migration in search of jobs in the blooming construction industry of its higher wages, modern amenities and health facilities influenced by the growing influx of media in the country.
Education was challenged to provide relevant education for its children preparing them for life suitable for 21st century and beyond. Major education reform was planned and school curriculum such as English, Dzongkha, Mathematics and Sciences were reformed.
Curriculum diversification of Secondary Education seemed to be a way forward for improving the relevance of Bhutanese Education. A study on the impact of media influences on the Bhutanese carried out by the Ministry of Information and Communication recommended for Media and Information Literacy (MIL) programme for the Bhutanese society. The Ministry of Education introduced MIL for training the teachers and Media Studies in classes XI and XII as a part of curriculum diversification along with TVET in schools, Agriculture for Food Security Curriculum, Environment Studies, etc.
- Media Studies in classes XI and XII is aimed at providing Media and Information Literacy to the students making them analytical in their views and actions so that they are able to understand the world better and are able to make informed decisions and participate in national development plans and programmes.
- MS also provides basic foundation of understanding media messages creation and technology in the media industry which links to the Media Studies courses offered in the university degree at Sherubtse and elsewhere.
- MS is another option for students to study and make themselves productive contributing to the Bhutanese media industry development.
Media Studies Subject Committee Members