11 indicators selected to rate IWP in the teaching sector

Yangchen C Rinzin 

A lot of planned activities in the 12th Plan has undergone changes with some forgone and other frontloaded after the reprioritisation programme. However, the Individual Work Plan (IWP), the basis to assess civil servants will not change.

The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) will still use the IWP to assess performance of civil servants.

Senior human resources officer, Dorji Choidup said that RCSC will not revise the ranking of IWP because of a change in plan activities. “The review of the IWP and the process and procedures of civil servants would remain the same.”

This is because during the planning of IWP, it is based on the objectives and success indicators of Annual Performance Agreement (APA) that were planned agreed between department or division and the individual.

“The planning of activities is done from July to August where supervisors and the individuals agree to the IWP activities based on agreed APA objectives,” Dorji Choidup said, adding that during the review phase of APA, it will allow supervisors and individuals to discuss and if required, incorporate changes of plans and programmes.

He added that the review phase of APA takes place after six months of planning so if there is a change in the plan due to current situation, the agency can incorporate changed activities. “That is why we don’t see any reason to revise the process to evaluate IWP.”

APAs are agreed at the organisational level in alignment with annual budget and 12th Plan and recorded with the GPMD system, which is monitored by the GPMD, PMO. The National Technical Committees assess the IWP at the end of the year.

However, with schools remaining closed since March, the IWP for teachers would be evaluated based on 11 prioritised focus areas of Bhutan Professional Teachers Standards (BPST) identified by the education ministry. Initially, they are assessed based on 37 indicators.

Dorji Choidup said that although there will be no change in terms of process and procedures of the rating, there will be changes in the IWP activities drawn from 11 indicators.

“These indicators were identified based on the current teaching modality due to school closure.”

He added that education ministry and RCSC had changed the moderation exercise model for schools where schools with more than 18 staff would be allowed to take an independent assessment and evaluate teachers.

“We’ve now pioneered the implementation of the BPST that will assess all the teachers. With schools closed while some teachers have walked to reach students some have taught through online. So, selective indicators were selected to rate the teaching sector equally.”

Eleven selected areas would be implemented from August to December 2020. An official from the education ministry said that since not all teachers were involved in the contact teaching, IWP rating will not be based on classroom observation.

Teachers teaching online will need to maintain a portfolio of tasks assigned, assessment records and support rendered to students.

The official added that teachers who are not involved in teaching any subject (contact or online teaching) would need to maintain portfolio based on support rendered to the school administration or other subject teachers.

“IWP of non-teaching staff and school counsellors will remain same.”

Some of the indicators for teachers include support for learner participation, teaching-learning plans and processes, and teaching-learning resources, including ICT.