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Bhutan to set up children-friendly schools

india Updated: Nov 22, 2006 13:16 IST
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Bhutan hopes to set up a self-assessment education process whereby schools will be empowered to take full responsibility of their development.

"The (education) ministry has been looking at improving the educational system and we are in the process of readapting and strengthening the concept of child-friendly schools," Wangchuk Rabten, chief of the Educational Monitoring System, was quoted as saying by the state-run daily Kuensel.

Heads of government and members of private schools are presently attending a three-week workshop here on the "child-friendly schools" concept that began last week.

The net primary enrolment rate in the country is 70 per cent and is considered to be lower than South Asian standards.

The child-friendly school approach, according to educationists, requires support from communities, parents, students, teachers and ministries.

Perceptions of students, parents, teachers and communities about how schools should be run are being reviewed and evaluated to provide guidance to schools to take their own initiative in planning and improving their work. The focus is on achieving self-assessment.

"We do not have criteria to measure the quality but with the concept of child-friendly schools, quality of education can be measured to a certain extent and areas requiring improvement are indicated," said District Education Officer of Haa Ugyen Tshering.

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