Terms of Reference for the Council

The Royal Education Council shall be governed by a Council. The Council is the highest decision making body that provides overall guidance and strategic directions to ensure major plans and programmes adhere to the national policies, regulations and the developmental goals.


Members of the Council shall be appointed through a Government Executive Order. All members shall be ex-officio members with the Prime Minister as the Chair. Any change in the membership shall be subject to approval from the Cabinet.

The Council shall comprise of the following:

 1. Hon’ble Prime Minister – Chairperson

2. Minister, Ministry of Education - Vice Chairperson

3. Secretary, Ministry of Education – Member

4. Vice Chancellor, Royal University of Bhutan – Member

5. President, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan – Member

6. Commissioner, Royal Civil Service Commission – Member

7. Director General, Department of School Education – Member

8. Secretary, Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assessment – Member

9. Director General, Royal Education Council - Member Secretary


The functions of the Council include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. The Council shall provide overall guidance and strategic directions to the REC.

2. The Council shall deliberate and provide directions to matters forwarded by the Curriculum and Technical Advisory Board (CTAB)

3. Identify and mitigate principal risks to the services of REC and oversee the implementation of appropriate systems to manage the identified risks.



1. Provide direction and guidance to the Council.

2. Review and approve provisional agenda submitted by the Member Secretary.

3. Conduct effective Council meetings by encouraging open and constructive debate, and secure active participation and contribution of all members.

4. Sign official documents endorsed by the Council.

Note: Vice Chairperson shall assume the roles and responsibility in absence of the Chairperson.


Member Secretary:

1. Inform the members of the date and venue of meeting.

2. Circulate the agenda and relevant documents 7 days prior to the meeting.

3. Record the minutes of the meeting.

4. Finalize and distribute minutes of the meeting among the members within two weeks from the date of meeting.


Frequency of the Meeting

1. The Council shall convene ordinary meetings at least once a year.

2. The Chairperson shall call emergency meetings as and when required.



1. The quorum for meetings shall be two thirds of the total members.