TVET program in private schools from 2020

The education ministry is looking into including Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) program in private schools from 2020.

It is expected that this would help academically disqualified students go for vocational education in private schools. As pledged by the government of doing away with the cut-off point for Class X, this initiative is seen as a befitting solution for those students who don’t qualify for higher secondary schools after completing their Class X.

The government after discussing with private schools across the country will finance the students and will also develop a curriculum for TVET education in schools, while private schools will have to develop infrastructures to accommodate those students in the fourth streams apart from Science, Arts and Commerce.

The ministry will work in collaboration with the labor ministry, Royal Education Council and Bhutan Council for Secondary Examination Certificate to inculcate the course for Class X passed students, who don’t qualify for higher secondary schooling. It will be a public private partnership model where the government will fund the students pursuing TVET course in private schools.

Education Secretary Karma Yeshey said the government will prioritize private schools as the government schools lack facilities for such courses.

“It will take around two years to complete the structures and install facilities and private schools can manage,” the secretary said.

The students pursuing TVET program after passing Class XII will be certified as similar to other streams by BCSEA, after which they can also pursue tertiary education within and outside the country. With the grades, the students can be enrolled for diploma courses in engineering and polytechnic colleges under the Royal University of Bhutan. However, the ministry will have to work with the relevant agencies on enrollment in these colleges.

 However, enrollment will depend on merit basis. Students will be selected based on their Class X academic performance.

Meanwhile, the Education Blueprint-2024 aims to educate 40% of Class X graduates through TVET program.

This initiative is also one that the ministry is coming up with to teach students based on their needs rather than teaching universal subjects irrespective of their interests which have seen many under performers.

“This system will be the perfect match when the students are provided opportunities of their interests from an early age. They have talents in different fields and can excel,” Karma Yeshey said.  

Meanwhile, the government has already identified seven government schools which will start TVET program as optional subject from 2020. Being a pilot project, the government will assess its success and start the stream in other schools.

“But we always prefer private schools because we do not want to start at the expense of our private schools,” the Secretary said.

 To start with the stream, there is a need to come up with additional courses for these students as there are already around 10 courses in different technical training institutes in the country.

According to the education ministry, the system is expected benefit the students, private schools and the nation. The government now needs to work with private schools to start the courses. The system is also expected to resolve unemployment and social issues in the country.

Krishna Ghalley from Phuentsholing