Lhakpa Quendren | Tsirang

To support teaching and learning, Gosarling Gewog in Tsirang provided smart televisions to schools and an Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) centre in the gewog.

The Gewog Tshogde approved the schools’ requests for smart television sets to augment their teaching resources. 

The gewog administration bought 15 Redmi 50-inch TV sets at the cost of Nu 500,000. Of that, seven each were handed over to Gosarling and Pemathang Primary Schools and one TV set to Zomlingthang ECCD. 

Gosarling Gup Ram Bdr Karki said that making a school environment a better place for learning is a shared responsibility. “This is a part of the gewog development.” 

With the digital educational tools reaching lower-income students, he said, it would improve access to technology in the 21st century. “Children these days are more tech-savvy than their parents and we are impressed with how they are quickly picking up new technology.”

Gup also claims that the Gosarling Gewog is moving ahead in terms of development. “We want to be a role model gewog in the country.”

“To ensure a sustainable utilization, I requested the school administrations and students to keep the TV sets safe and clean,” he said, adding that using digital tools is one way to enhance learning and teaching.

The schools have installed TV sets in all classrooms. This is expected to help the students to keep themselves engaged even during the absence of teachers and also enhance the quality of education in schools.

Gosarling PS Principal Gyeltshen Drukpa said that smart televisions in the classrooms are used to teach digital lessons and institution guides that the education ministry adopted after the pandemic.

He said that televisions help to give students access to the links of digital resources. “The links are all in soft and without smart televisions, it is difficult to implement especially in the absence of an ICT laboratory.”

Given that television caters to the different learning styles of students, he said, children are learning quicker than the traditional way of using board, chart papers, and pens. “Students can learn through both hearing and seeing. It also reduces the cost of the material resources and time consumption.”

Gyeltshen Drukpa said that teachers deliver the lessons more effectively using televisions. “Teachers can prepare their lesson plans on the phone and connect them to the screen. Doing this would not waste time.”

To make it easier for teachers, he said, professional training for teachers on the use of smart TVs was provided for teachers.

Pemathang Primary School in a letter to the gewog mentioned that TVs in classrooms make the teaching and learning process more lively and resourceful.