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New school system 2005
Three-term academic system

According to the CAPSD joint director, Karma Yeshey, the change in the academic session was initiated to increase the "actual instructional time", which was currently far shorter than schools in other countries.

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"Schools in Bhutan had fewer than 180 days actual teaching time," he told. Schools in Europe, America and even East Asia had a minimum 160 instructional days at the kindergarten and primary level, while it extended to even 220 in the higher schools.

The three-term system will give students 180 days of actual teaching time excluding government holidays and term breaks, he added. Students tended to forget what they have learnt when they remain idle during long breaks.

The school liaison and coordination officer, Kaka Tshering, said that students performed comparatively better during the three-term system in the 1980s.

"More co-curricular activities introduced in the school is taking a chunk of the teaching time," he added.

According to CAPSD, with the three-term system, spring and summer term examinations will not be held as in the past, but schools will conduct smaller tests spread through the term. Boarding schools will keep their hostels open during the term breaks to enable students from far away places to utilize school facilities during the term break. The frequent breaks are also expected to handle teacher burnout and give them time to attend seminars and workshops, not disturbing their instructional time.

School in Haa
New academic session from 2005
Spring Summer Autums
Start: February 20, 2005
End: June 10, 2005
Start: June 21, 2005
End: September 10, 2005
Start: September 21, 2005
End: December 18, 2005
Laya, Lingshi, and Lunana
Start: April, 2005
End: mid-November, 2005
Merak and Sakten
Start: mid-March, 2005
End: mid-November, 2005
Holidays Exceptions
From December 19, 2005 two-month winter vacation
The new term will apply to all schools in the country with an exception of those in the high altitude areas.

For schools in Laya, Lingshi, and Lunana, school starts in April and will continue until mid-November.

Schools in Merak and Sakten will begin by middle of March and close in mid-November.

Students
The new academic session, from 2005, will start on February 20 and end on June 10 for a nine-day break. The summer session will start on June 21 and will continue until September 10. The autumn session will start from September 21 to December 18 and then close for a two-month winter vacation.

The new term will apply to all schools in the country with an exception of those in the high altitude areas. For schools in Laya, Lingshi, and Lunana, school starts in April and will continue until mid-November.

Schools in Merak and Sakten will begin by middle of March and close in mid-November.

The new academic session, from 2005, will start on February 20 and end on June 10 for a nine-day break. The summer session will start on June 21 and will continue until September 10. The autumn session will start from September 21 to December 18 and then close for a two-month winter vacation.

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New school system postponed
Students
The three-term academic system in Bhutanese schools, scheduled to start in February, 2004, has been postponed to 2005, according to the education ministry. A spokesman for the ministry explained that the postponement was done to allow schools in the southern dzongkhags affected by the security problem to prepare for the change.

Schools in the three dzongkhags of Samdrup Jongkhar, Sarpang, and parts of Zhemgang are likely to be affected if the security problem is prolonged.

Contributed by Ugyen Penjor , KUENSEL, Bhutan's National Newspaper

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