Paro College To Start Physical Education And Sports Coaching Degree
The degree programme is likely to start only by 2022.
By Nima | Kuensel
Upgrading of Paro College’s infrastructure to begin by mid-2018
Students are waiting for their turn to measure their weight, height, and body mass index (BMI) at the Jigme Namgyel Lower Secondary School in Motithang, Thimphu.
Sanjit Gazmer, 23, a school sports instructor (SSI), along with another staff, are conducting BMI screening for Class V students. Sanjit Gazmer was placed in the school as a SSI in February this year.
He is among the 19 Diploma holders in Physical Education and Sports Coaching from the Paro College of Education. Five months after graduation, on June 30 last year, 14 of them were placed as SSI after undergoing a six-week certificate course facilitated by the Department of Youth and Sports (DYS).
Paro College to start Physical Education and Sports Coaching Degree
The Paro College of Education is now planning a degree course for Physical Education and Sports Coaching. However, this is likely to start only by 2022. The degree programme is expected to help diploma graduates working as SSIs get opportunities to enhance their qualification.
The Programme leader of Diploma in Physical Education and Sports Coaching (DPESC) at the college, Pushpalal Sharma said, “The college has received strategic plans for infrastructure upgrading. The college is looking for human resource projection and planning to collaborate with other universities.”
The upgrading of college infrastructure includes the construction of laboratories, gymnastics, and even a meditation centre. The work is expected to begin soon.
The Department of Youth and Sports’ (DYS) Chief Sports Coordinator, Nima Gyeltshen said that the Ministry of Education was in need of sports teachers in school.
“The department needs the number reach to all schools.”
Today there are 176 SSIs and 261 general teachers teaching HPE for classes from PP to III.
Nima Gyeltshen said that it could take about two years to enhance the current level of SSIs.
“We have to think of XII graduates already in the position. We will develop a process to let these people do the diploma course to enhance the level.”
He added that the Ministry of Education requires SSI and HPE teachers. The programme of recruiting SSI in schools is faced with the challenges of SSIs resigning before completing their contractual terms.
“The department is not able to implement the revised HPE curriculum in all schools.”
In the Jigme Namgyel Lower Secondary School, Sanjit Gazmer teaches four hours of HPE classes and one-hour of sports activities daily.
Increasing the intake for the Diploma course by next year
Pushpalal Sharma said that the college has received a letter from the Ministry of Education to increase the intake for the Diploma course from 25 to 40 students by next year.
The DYS started implementing the revised HPE curriculum this year and plans to orient one teacher each in primary schools to implement the revised HPE curriculum and activity book.
“DYS oriented general teachers on the HPE curriculum to teach HPE and says that the department has a shortage of HPE teachers. However, the department was not willing to recruit the same produced by Paro College,” Sanjit Gazmer said.
Sanjit Gazmer is one among 14 DPESC graduates working as a SSI, a certificate level programme initiated by the DYS in 2008.
This article first appeared in Kuensel and has been edited for the new Bhutan Times.