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Text-bookless World History curriculum for Class XII beginning this academic session

Sonam Tshering, Monggar
Feb 9, 2018

From this academic session, 12th graders in the country will longer have to use prescribed textbooks to study World History curriculum. The idea of going text-bookless curriculum was one of the major resolutions noted during the National School Curriculum Conference in 2016.

To ensure smooth implementation of the resolution, 34 World History teachers from different higher secondary schools in eastern and central regions attended five-day long orientation workshop in Monggar recently.

World History teachers from western schools also underwent similar orientation workshop in Punakha.

Trainers from Royal Education Council (REC) familiarised the history teachers with new World History Curriculum. Which historical topics are needed to be taught to pupils was also briefed to the teachers.

REC officials said, in this day and age, it is effective to study and research the subject on world wide web rather than study out of the less and limited informative textbooks.

“The advantage of going text-bookless is to provide opportunities to teachers and students about the choices they make to learn. How much to learn in the classroom setting,” said the Training developer of REC, Karma Phuntsho.

However, he added that “By saying this, it doesn’t mean they can learn anything. There is a curriculum framework in place where objectives and learning outcomes need to be considered.”

For classes eleven, the text-bookless World History Curriculum was already introduced since last year. However, some teachers said, they faced certain challenges while teaching bookless curriculum. “Getting adequate teaching resources such as desktop computers and laptops, and lack of stable internet accessibility affected us to teach the curriculum properly,” said one of the teachers, Yeshi Dorji. But the key advantage of text-bookless curriculum is that students can rely more on electronic texts which will enhance their research skills, added Yeshi.

To make text-bookless World History curriculum a success, the REC is arranging teaching resources- mainly desktop computers and working on improving internet accessibility in school campuses.

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