Diversification of Secondary Education Curriculum was initiated in 2011 an attempt to make education relevant to our society and to offer choice/ options to our students based on their interest and and introduction of Vocational Curriculum (VC) was one of them. As per the ‘National Education Framework’ developed collaboratively by the erstwhile Royal Education Council (REC) and the Ministry of Education (MoE), it provides an alternative pathway through integration of vocational education in the mainstream school education system and as elective subjects in higher classes (NEF, 2009; page 64).
With the collaborative efforts of Ministry of Labour and Human Resources and erstwhile Department of Curriculum Research and Development under Ministry of Education, Vocational Curriculum was introduced in the schools with the assistance from TTIs since 2011 academic session. Realizing its importance, the Bhutan Education Blueprint recommends up-scaling and diversification of TVET to provide alternative pathways in the education system, to make up for the limited access to such courses, despite the growing demand for technical skills in the country.
The resolutions of the National School Curriculum Conference which was conducted in October, 2016 also strongly emphasised the need to upscale and deepen the VC. The draft VC framework was accordingly developed from Classes PP to XII during winter, 2016. There are many challenges as the schools need to be equipped with necessary resources and trained instructors for better delivery of the curriculum. On top of that, additional trades that are relevant as per emerging needs, need to be introduced and expanded to other schools. The curriculum needs to be further supported with prevocational orientation programmes in classes VII and VIII and standard guidelines for vocational clubs throughout the country.
Accordingly the plans and programmes are underway with much vigour and enthusiasm, aspiring to make vocational curriculum very beneficial to the children equipping them with necessary knowledge, skills, attitude and experience needed in the job market, thereby contributing to nation building