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MoE ranks nation’s top schools

Nine Central Schools are among the top 10 performing schools in class X and XII levels in 2017. Ugyen Academy and Lhuentse Higher Secondary School (HSS) topped the list at both levels.

This is according to the education monitoring division’s annual rankings of schools released on February 10.

Scorecards were based on three areas – academic learning scorecard (ALS) quality enabling practices, and GNH.

Department of School Education’s Phuntsho Lhamo said the ALS measures a school’s performance against student academic outcomes such as percentage of students performing above 45 percent, 60 percent, and 70 percent. “It also stresses on authentic learning rather than rote learning. The ALS is assessed by the education monitoring and support services division taking into account the performance of schools in the previous year.”

Quality enabling practices scorecard measures effectiveness of critical processes and practices of school’s management, quality and impact of teaching and training, infrastructure, and effectiveness of school planning processes.

The GNH scorecard measures achievement on GNH values and practices in schools as measured through the GNH indicators developed by the Education Monitoring Division (EMD).

Trashigang has the highest number of top ranked schools for both Class X and XII levels. This includes Jigme Sherubling Central School (CS), Rangjung CS, Dungtse CS, Thrimshing CS, and Radhi Middle Secondary School (MSS).

None of the high schools in Thimphu made it to the top 10.

A total of nine private schools are in the top 10 list across all levels.

Fourteen schools including six private schools scored tie points to be among the top 10 ranked schools for Class VI level. Sarpang has the highest number of top schools with four, followed by three schools in Pemagatshel, two in Thimphu Thromde, and one each from Paro, Trashiyangtse, Thimphu, and Zhemgang.

This year, 28 schools including three private schools scored tie points and made it to top 10 ranking for Class III level.

The measurement system also results in a school self-assessment report and an annual school improvement plan. Self-assessment report helps schools identify areas of improvement. Improvement plan is designed as an action plan to achieve objectives towards improvement.

The annual school ranking are also determined by academic learning scorecards of Classes III, VI, X and XII, and public examination performance of Classes X and XII.

Phuntsho Lhamo said assessment is based on rubrics and an established scale. Ratings of all schools are submitted to the education ministry annually.  Top performing schools are recognised by awarding certificates.

EMD from 2015 started recognising schools that made significant improvement in academic learning scores. Top 10 schools that showed significant improvement in four different categories were also awarded certificates.

Scoring 92.02 in 2017, Dashiding HSS in Punakha topped the 10 significant improvement category for Class XII level, followed by Gyelposhing HSS in Mongar and Peljorling HSS in Samtse.

Four private schools – Losel Gyamtsho Academy in Sarpang, Pelkhil HSS and Nima HSS in Thimphu thromde, and Dungsam Academy HSS in Samdrupjongkhar also made to the significant improvement category this year.

Udzorong CS in Trashigang, Tendruk CS in Samtse, Zilukha MSS in Thimphu Thromde, and Changangkha MSS made it to the significant improvement category in the Class X level.

Yangchen C Rinzin

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