His Majesty The King granted an audience to ICT teachers from across the country who are attending a 12-day coding training which started in Gelephu yesterday.

Addressing the teachers, His Majesty said, “We have always steered our country in the right direction. We have successfully navigated through great geo-political and socio-economic changes of the past. This decade requires us to yet again skilfully navigate the new digital and technological landscape.”

The training is intended to prepare ICT teachers to teach coding to students. Ministry of Education (MoE), Department of Information Technology and Telecom (DITT) and Royal Education Council (REC) are working with LeapLearner to introduce coding in schools from classes PP to XII from this academic session, as part of the education flagship programme.

LeapLearner is a successful EduTech start-up with a global presence that works to teach children coding. During this course, LeapLearner will teach Python, PyLeap, and Scratch.

His Majesty The King also granted audience to teachers attending a workshop on Continuous Formative Assessment as an alternative to examinations, organised by the REC and MoE.

His Majesty also granted audience to teachers and facilitators conducting the Class XII exam paper evaluation in Samtse on January 21.

His Majesty began this Royal tour of the southern dzongkhags on January 18 to inspect proposed sites where the training centres for Gyalsung will be built.

On January 19, His Majesty granted audience to participants of the 8th Bhutan Executive Service Training at RIGSS in Phuentsholing.

During the visit, His Majesty also granted audiences to RBA officers in various Wings in the south, and to dzongkhag officials of Samtse and Sarpang.

His Majesty will visit Samdrupjongkhar next, and continue the Royal tour through the eastern dzongkhags.