The top ranked schools in the country include Ugyen Academy Higher Secondary School (secondary level), Shali Primary School in Trashi Yangtse (primary), and Utpal Junior Wing in Paro (class III) according to results of the annual rankings of schools of the Department of School Education’s (DoSE) Education Monitoring Division (EMD).
Annual data on the School Performance Management System (PMS) are collated and processed by EMD. The annual school rankings are also determined by academic learning scorecards of classes III, VI, X and XII and board examination performance of classes X and XII, which measures a school’s performance in academic outcomes stressing on authentic and rote learning. Data from quality enabling practices and the Gross National Happiness scorecard are also taken into account to generate a more comprehensive school performance ranking.
Quality enabling learning measures effectiveness of critical processes and school management practices, quality and impact of teaching, and training and infrastructure, among others. The dzongkhag education officers assesses this scorecard in the start and middle of every academic year. The GNH scorecard measures the achievement of its values and practices by using indicators the EMD developed.
According to a press release from the EMD, while top performing schools are recognised through award of certificates, the PMS is focused on identifying schools that need improvement. “Education monitoring officers visit schools with an objective to find out the causes of low performance, especially in the academic learning scorecard and to identify appropriate solutions and interventions,” states the press release.
In 2016, schools from rural areas dominated the school rankings at the classes class III, VI, X and XII levels. At the class III level, the Utpal Junior Wing topped the rankings while Khengzor Primary School in Pemagatshel and Rubesa in Wandue stood second and third respectively.
Trashiyangste also had the highest number of top ranked schools at the class III level with Jamkhar and Rabtey schools at the sixth and seventh positions respectively. Schools from rural areas like Kharsa and Tangsibi Primary Schools in Bumthang and Barzor Primary School in Samdrupjongkhar dominated the remaining positions.
Shali Primary School in Trashiyangtse came first at the primary level. Utpal Junior Wing clinched the second place. Woongchilo Primary School in Pemagatshel came third at the primary level in the PMS.
Pemagatshel had the highest number of schools in the top 10 ranking with three primary schools Woongchilo, Gashari and Dungmin. Gashari Primary School came fifth while Dungmin Primary School ranked eighth out of 330 primary schools in the country.
Two schools in Samdrupjongkhar, Barzor Primary School and Sarjung Primary School also were among the top 10 schools at the primary level.
At the classes X and XII levels, Ugyen Academy secured the first place. Dr Tobgyel Middle Secondary School from Thimphu Thromde and Thrimshing Central School in Trashigang grabbed the second and third places respectively at the class X level. At the class X level, Trashigang had the highest number of schools in the top 10 with Radhi Middle Secondary School and Rangjung Central School also attaining the fifth and seventh places respectively.
Taktse Higher Secondary School in Trongsa secured the second place in class XII after Ugyen Academy. Jigme Sherbuling Central School in Khaling, Trashigang secured the third place at this level.
The school rankings is an annual feature of the education ministry, which enables the education system to set a benchmark for quality assessment in respective dzongkhags.