News/Announcements

Phase wise Reporting Notice for Classes XIs

Please take note of UA’s Reporting Dates: the School Administration Team (SAT) has phased out the reporting dates to ensure proper implementation of UA’s Preparedness and Response Plan for Outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – Post Lockdown: Academic Session 2021

Reporting Sequence

Stream/

Classes

Boarders Reporting Date and Time

Classes Resume on

Point of Entry (PoE)/Parking and Screening

1st Phase

XI Science

Classes XI A, B & C

Thursday 29th April 2021 All boarding student of Science Stream must report before 3 PM

Friday,  30th April 2021 *day students report as per SoPs given by respective class teachers/Head of School

 

*Vehicles will be allowed into the school campus just to drop the student and baggage *UA Stadium Gate (UA Dessups will control the traffic)

* First the student(s) undergo thermal screening

*Referral to Flu Camp (if needed - HMSST)

*Next, scan with Druk Trace app or register manually

*After that, the student(s) will report to their class teacher’s tent for verification and issuance of Hostel Admit Ticket (HAT)/Class Admit Ticket (CAT)

*Baggage will be taken care by escorts  (students volunteers form class XII, same stream) – Bolero pick and drop facility

*The student(s) must inform the Parents/Guardians over the phone after confirmation so that they can leave

*Parents/Guardians are advised to leave only after their child gets HAT/CAT

2nd Phase

Arts Department: Classes XI A, B, & C

Also,

Commerce Department: A & B

Tuesday 4th May 2021 All boarding student of Commerce and Arts Stream must report before 3 PM

Wednesday 5th  May 2021

*day students report as per SoPs given by respective class teachers/HoD

Day students will also be screened while entering into the campus on the day when classes resume and declaration/undertaking form must be signed. There will be separate SoPs for day students which will have to be strictly followed by parents/guardians or proprietors of paying guests (PGs). Students from south must stay connected to their teachers for online classes during the quarantine period; the school will consider these dtudents even if they have to report in different dates.

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UA'S NOTIFICATIONS FOR CLASS XI ADMISSIONS

Dear Parents/Applicants. Please take note of the following:

  1. Registration:
  • Then follow our school admission form links Ugyen Academy XI Admission 2021
  • Of course, applicant/you can simultaneously fill UA’s online form also, and UA will liaise with Private School Division (PSD), DoSE, MoE  
  • UA (BCSE) 2020 students will contact their last year’s (Class X) class teacher for action required
  1. Eligibility:
  • All PCA (BCSE 2020) candidates regardless of marks are eligible to enroll but merit ranking will be done by UA’s Admission Committees - UA School of Science, Commerce Department and Arts Department to select the best fit students
  • Applicant/you will be informed on or before 22nd April 2021 so that applicant/you are still eligible for placement in other schools after 22nd April 2021, that is if applicant/you fail to get admitted in UA
  1. Choice of stream:
  • Applicant/you can register for more than one stream if applicant/you wish. The concerned Admission Committee will respond to applicant/you accordingly
  • At the time of registration, applicant/you can seek the advice of Admission Help Desk
  1. Fees (link)/scholarships:
  • Top-up of the fees (if applicable/ especially for boarding facility) will be clarified to applicant/you by the respective Admission Committee
  • Besides the government scholarship, UA also offers full scholarships and concessions (academics, co-curricular and extracurricular)
  • Quite often, a student may miss out on admission or scholarship in a stream (mainly Science) but get a full scholarship in Commerce/Arts stream

Finally, for any further queries or support, please get to UA’s Admission Help Desk on 77111000. Thank you for considering UA as your choice of school.

For School Administration Team (SAT)

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Admission Notice Class XII 2021

Admission Notice Class XII 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our Admissions for Class XII in 2021 are open. First, please fill the preliminary online registration form in the link provided

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc7r281_Y5CAxor0Y_EtGtJQCLPv6oxxuN3vG4JI7v696SjbA/viewform?usp=sf_link

You can also call our admission help desk at 77111000 & our school admission desk will get back to you if your child’s registration is through.

Our Admission Desk may request for the following:

  • A copy of the most recent academic report/test result (2020)
  • A copy of class X (BCSE) result
  • School Leaving Certificate in Original
  • 3 Pass-port size Photographs
  • Health Book
  • Copy of CID
  • Achievement/Merit Certificates (if possessing)

Kind regards,

For School Administration Team (SAT)

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Principal's Message

Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,

We are writing to keep you appraised of our plans to begin the phased re-opening for Academic Session 2021. In particular, we are very happy to welcome our classes VII, VIII and IXs who have been impacted the most due to school closure in 2020. Of course our classes X and XII of 2021 managed to get a good deal of face to face (F2F) instruction in classes IX and XI respectively in 2020.

All of us are working tirelessly to see that our children’s education is not compromised; with the unrelenting support from everyone, we are not only able to give a good finish to the most unprecedented and challenging Academic Session 2020 but are in a position to embrace the New Normal Curriculum (NNC) and ready to begin Academic Session 2021 with a great zeal. Our teachers have been thoroughly oriented on the NNC and the objectives are intelligently communicated.

We are aware that the NNC roll out may be a tall order if schools are not technologically equipped. In the NNC,

It aspires students to learn “more” through the digital technologies to make students enjoy what they are learning, be aware of ground realities of the content they are learning in the textbook. The NNC also aims to allow flexible teaching and learning to adopt diverse approaches, namely blended learning, flip classroom, face-to-face interaction, inquiry and project-based learning, including emerging teaching and strategies - THE GENESIS OF THE NEW NORMAL CURRICULUM: 2021 (Wangpo T, REC)

UA is one school that has already implemented the blended model of teaching in 2020. Despite severe budget constraints, the proprietor has invested over a million ngultrum in upgrading the ICT facilities in the campus. To address poor internet connectivity, UA may be one of the few institutions in the country to have access points (intranet) for online classes/eResources in the campus. For this reason, we have made it mandatory for students to bring smart phones/tablets online classes/eResources in the school campus. Hence, do support your child – your child will benefit immensely by harnessing digital technologies.

After several rounds of professional development (PD) programs and meetings in the months of January and February of 2021, the SAT/HoDs members keeping in view the NNC and safety for all, the School Administration Team (SAT)

is very happy to share the following updated information to fully prepare everyone for the Academic Year 2021.

Before, the updates are made, it is very important for us to share that we have been unable to confirm on the Academic Session 2021 Opening Dates because of:

  • BHUTAN COVID19 VACCINATION PROGRAM - in March 2021

While the Ministry of Education (MoE) has not given us any information, we have learnt from Kuensel that the MoH has proposed closure of schools, institutions and closure of inter-dzongkhag movement during the vaccination week.

  • Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assessment (BCSEA) – Marking Camp in Punakha

Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assessment (BCSEA) had no option but to change the venue to Punakha from Samtse due to the pandemic. Based on the physical facilities requirements, UA and PCS have been chosen.

Both the above two national events are in the larger interest of the nation and therefore we are most   happy to collaborate and extend our help in whatever ways possible. Accordingly, we have tentatively maintained our reporting days as:

  • Reporting day for Both Day/Boarding Students Classes VII, VIII, & IXs: 2021

Reporting/School Reopening Days for Boarding Students of Classes VII, VIII, & IXs: 2021 will be on Sunday, 21st March 2021. Classes will begin from Monday, 22nd March 2021.

As the BCSEA marking camp is happening in the main campus (Academic Blocks) and that the camp is scheduled to continue up to 3rd April 2021, the classes will be taken in the Lower Division Block. Since, our hostels are not given to BCSEA; our students will be occupying the hostels as per our Hostel Occupancy Plan 2021.

  • Reporting day for Both Day/Boarding Students Classes X & XII (All Streams): 2021

Reporting day/Time for Boarding Students of Classes X & XII (Science): 2021 will be on or before 5PM on Saturday, 3rd April 2021.

  • Reporting day/Time for Boarding Students of Classes XII (Commerce & Arts): 2021 will be on or before 5PM on Sunday, 4th April 2021.
  • Classes will resume for all Classes X & XII (All Streams) from Monday, 5rd April 2021.

With the reporting days announced, we request the parents/guardians of our students from high risk areas to plan in view of that; let us hope we do not have to change again. We understand that the 7 day quarantine has not been lifted and therefore, one has to plan to see it that one’s child/children are able to make it to school on the reporting date(s). However, if there are changes due to the vaccine roll out, the SAT will not only understand but also extend help in whatever manner possible. `

By the way, prior to your child’s reporting, your child’s class teacher will conduct a webinar/Zoom Meeting to prepare/orient the child about the school. Please ensure that your child attends the virtual meeting. Besides, we are also requesting for an online course to be completed using Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) – contact your child’s class teacher or our Distance Learning Solution Support Services Team (DLSST). Therefore, it is highly recommended that the child uses the same smart phone/tablet for the above mentioned webnier/Zoom and MOOC that s/he is going to bring to school. In this regard, the School Administration Team (SAT) has made the provision to help students from economically disadvantage background.

Most importantly in Academic Session 2021, consistent with the recent Royal Kasho (Royal Decree) and the salient features of the NNC Framework, we will prioritize self-discovery and exploration and involve learners in the creation of knowledge using technology – a drive towards creating enlightened citizens who will be as much local as trans-local.  We are all zealous to be a part of another history-making, as we join the education fraternity in taking noble task of revolutionizing our education system – A Paradigm Shift in Curriculum, Teaching-Learning and Assessment.

Without any doubt, we can feel that Academic Session 2021 is going to be exciting and demanding. Yet, UA as a School of WILL (Winners, Innovators, Learners & Leaders), will continue to move ahead with our motto, “Be Your Best” – we continue to endeavor to excel. 

Finally, we remain eternally indebted for the unconditional love, care, and concern we receive all the time from our precious Wangchuck Dynasty; the relentless efforts of our government; the sacrifices being made by the frontline workers; the perpetual fountain of prayers from our “Zhung Dratshang”. We cannot think of expecting anything more and we are safe because we are given utmost care.

 

Many thanks for everyone’s continued support.

Sincerely,

Lopen Norbu Gyaltshen

(For School Administration Team SAT)

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Annual Examination Results: 2020

Ugyen Academy, Annual Examination Results for 2020 academic session (classes IX & XI) declared today. Congratulation to all the students!!! Please contact your class teacher if you are not able to access your result.

To access your result, please click Result on the menu bar....

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Admission Notification 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,
Our Admissions for Lower Division (Classes VII, VIII, IX and X in: 2021) are open. Please note that first you must fill the preliminary online registration form in the link provided in our school website: www.ugyenacademy.edu.bt or follow this form links attached herewith

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflL9Hh5uWoSMFIHjLsVU9WNxwm2TEFxYhi15tAQvOjqfpBeg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Next, our school admission desk will get back to you if your child’s registration is through. Our Admission Desk may request for the following:
• A copy of most recent academic report/test result (2020) and the result of previous class (2019)
• School Leaving Certificate in Original
• 3 Pass-port size Photographs
• Health Book
Kind regards,
for School Administration Team (SAT)

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Once again...

UA welcomes Classes IXs and XI Science on 19th and 20th September 2020. Come with care. Travel safely; bring along happiness and “Be Your Best”. Check the attachments for details of reporting.

 

Requirements for Students:

Given the Lockdown experience, the SAT felt that parents/guardians should see to it that their child’s essential items for the remaining academic session is as far as possible with them when they come so that unnecessary risks and expenditure can be avoided – listed below :

 

As informed by class teachers, the students must come with the following:

  1. At least 3 sets of washable face masks
  2. Re-sealable bag or container for keeping spare masks
  3. Tissue papers
  4. Phone with Druk Trace app as they will be asked to scan on entry and will have to use for Google Classes (blended Approach)
  5. Personal Hand Sanitizer(s) - for emergency use
  6. Water Bottle (No sharing)
  7. Mosquito Nets (mandatory for boarding students)
  8. Enough soaps and essential toiletries
  9. Stationery Items (pens/refills/pencils etc…)
  10. Project work materials and calculators as required by the subject
  11. Medical prescriptions (if checked recently or is or was undergoing medical treatment)
  1. ***The extract from UA’s Preparedness and Response Plan (PRP) for Outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – Post Lockdown is available with the teachers – if parents/guardians need more detailed information please contact your child’s class teacher.

Phase wise Reporting Notice for classes IXs and XIs

Please take note of UA’s Reporting Dates: the School Administration Team (SAT) has phased out the reporting dates to ensure proper implementation of UA’s Preparedness and Response Plan for Outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – Post Lockdown

Reporting Sequence

Stream/

Classes

Boarders Reporting Date and Time

Classes Resume on

 The Only Point of Entry (OPoE):

 Screening and Health Protocols

 

1st Batch

IX A, B & C

 

Saturday 19th September 2020 All boarding student of Class IX A, B & C must report before 12(noon) PM

 

Monday 21st September 2020

*day students report as per SoPs given by respective class teachers/Head of School

 

*RBP or Desuups/UA Volunteers will regulate the traffic observing health protocols at Only OPoE (Gate 1)–UA Football Stadium Gate – Separate arrangement for classes IXs after 12M (noon) on 19th Sept 2020

*First the student(s) will enter from the Gate 1 (OPoE) -Student(s) volunteers will be there to help with the belongings

*Upon entry they will undergo thermal screening

*Referral to Flue Camp will only be made if demanded by HMSST (Based on records and temperature reading)

*Next, they will have to scan with Druk Trace app or register manually

*After that, the student volunteers will escort the students with their belongings into  decontamination /health protocols area for decontamination of footwear and belongings/hand wash

*After decontamination the student(s) are escorted to the class teachers for verification and issuance of Hostel Admit Ticket (HAT)/Class Admit Ticket (CAT)

*The student(s) must inform the Parents/Guardians over the phone the moment they receive the HAT/CAT 

*Parents/Guardians are advised to leave only after their child gets HAT/CAT

2nd Batch

UA School of Science: XI Sc A, B & C

Sunday 20th September 2020 All boarding student of Class IXs and XI Science Stream must report before 3 PM

3rd Batch

Arts Department: Classes XIs A,B,C

&

Commerce Department: Commerce A & B

Sunday, 27th September 2020

All Arts and Commerce Stream boarding students must report before 4 PM

Monday 28th September 2020

*day students report as per SoPs given by respective class teachers/HoD

 

Day students will also be screened while entering into the campus on the day when classes resume and declaration/undertaking form must be signed. There will be separate SoPs for day students which will have to be strictly followed by parents/guardians or proprietors of paying guests (PGs).

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Kadrin-che-la Mewang-Choe

“Soelra” from our Her Majesty the Queen, Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck - Kadrin-che-la Mewang-Choe

2020 was struck with a worldwide pandemic, a disease that found its way into the land of the thunder dragon, Bhutan. With panic and fear engraved into the hearts of the citizens, our country had no choice but to go in lockdown. Despite the occurrence of this unfortunate event, we as citizens have been able to see the rays of hope in the darkness of Covid-19. Had it not been for the rapid solutions and leadership of our beloved King and Queen, we would be helpless. Fortunate as we are, we are also being sheltered under the protection of our Dharma Kings, His Majesty the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and King Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

Amidst this lockdown, people faced many challenges, family schedules went upside down, and basic necessities of the people especially of young girls in boarding schools ran short. Even money had no meaning; the lockdown was lifted, unlocking empty shops.

On the other hand, we are blessed to have received this valuable “soelra” from our Her Majesty the Queen, Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck. No words can express our gratitude for this heartfelt and thoughtful “soelra”; even then we would like to sincerely thank Her Majesty for being our light in the darkness. We pledge our loyalty for all times to come. Kadrin-che-la Mewang-Choe…

UA Girls Health Captains

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Firstly, I am aware that most parents are better informed about UA then sometimes people like us who are with the students 24 X 7. It is because unlike other schools, UA has given your child some regulated time to use their mobile to connect to their loved ones – parents and family members. Also, UA boarding students before the lock down enjoyed the OiE OiE outings (Re: Attachment 1).

Yet, as we continue to navigate through the storms of COVID-19 pandemic, I am writing today to ease your worry as much as possible given all media around the Corona virus. As you know, providing a healthy and safe campus environment has always been a priority and now has become the topmost priority for Ugyen Academy. Thus, we have remodeled our entire Human Resource Structure and Terms of References to suit the needs of the New Normal. In a post-covid-19 education system, we have no choice but to bring our attention to providing the best possible health services in the school campus; choosing from the best, we have instituted the UA Health and Medical Support Services Team (HMSST). Today, we take pride as a school in our HMSST’s ability to safely address most of the health problems inside the school campus, thereby minimizing exposure to diseases and reducing movement in these challenging and changing times.

Academics (ALS)

Our next priority will obviously be our children’s academics; arguably some could consider it even as the most important and that is perfectly fine. Anyway, everyone is aware that we are all rolling out the Education in Emergency (EiE), EiE Adapted Curriculum (UA Classes VII, VIIIs, IXs, and XIs - all three streams) and EiE Prioritized Curriculum (UA Classes Xs and XIIs - all three streams) developed by our Ministry of Education and the Royal Education Council. Given the pandemic, none of this is easy and much of it is out of our control, so I ask for your understanding and constructive comments as I share the following information about the two:

EiE Adapted Curriculum (UA Classes VII, VIIIs, IXs, and XIs (all three streams) :

Firstly, we are happy to share that, our proprietor is investing in upgrading our ICT facilities. Next, our Distance Learning Solutions Support Services Team (DLSSST) is strengthened; it is now a new Department in the New Normal. DLSSST has been able to have intranet facilities inside our campus and this makes access and delivery of e-Lessons quick and friendly without having to worry about data cost. DLSSST is also initiating webinars; group chats and live streaming as alternatives to in-person gatherings. Meanwhile, for the students, the teachers have been conducting Google classes as per the guidelines provided for delivery. Besides, UA adopted its own customized approach, “My Students, My Responsibility - MSMR” a pledge driven method to maximize the quality virtual connection between the subject teacher and his/her students (Re: Attachment 2- MSMR 10).

As evident, from the MSMR 10, the teacher is supposed to have had the best possible delivery of the EiE Adapted Curriculum in the Google Classroom/online class. The School Administration (SAT) is very happy with almost all the teachers’ efficacy in Google Classrooms/online classes - as per the reports (MSMR 1 – MSMR 10) submitted on a fortnightly basis. However, we understand that all our parents may not be happy with teachers handling the subject(s) for your child/children. In case, if a teacher has failed, then, do let SAT know in the email provided. We will follow up to see that your child/children is/are taken care of immediately in that/those subjects. Monitoring teachers in the virtual world is a very complex task but SAT is trying its best; it where parents can inform us as you know better how the child is being engaged in the Google classroom by each subject teacher.

EiE Prioritized Curriculum (UA Classes Xs and XIIs (all three streams):

Except for the students repeating in class XIIs, our coverage is very good for all classes (across all three streams) as we did not lose time in the beginning and nor did we lose much time in-between. We had made sure to invest more time during closure (Google classes) to non-technical subjects (mainly languages) as it was quite friendly for online classes. Hence, the moment we got to go face to face instruction, our priority has been on the technical subject (mainly mathematics, accountancy, economics, and sciences). Even with the disruption now, we are following up with serious remediation exercises to ensure that our students achieve the best – as always. Further, we are already into the blended approach with formal instruction in online mode – Google classroom. This is to guarantee that the day students are not missed out and that the teachers who reside outside the school campus are able to virtually reach to all his/her students. Therefore, please do not worry, UA teachers have the ability to strategically plan and implement even in difficult times or in this New Normal.

UA Students’ Engagement Activities during COVid-19 Nationwide Lock down:

With the nation under lock down, many parents may be interested to know how we are engaging our students. Definitely, anxiety, uncertainty, fear, and isolation are factors in the COVID-crisis. Research has indicated that these have become more prevalent. Hence, all of us have to think more carefully about building a sense of community and human contact through this challenging and changing times-we must be #inthistogether. Yes, there is a risk that by focusing on academics only or for that matter keeping them indoors most of the time; we could forget that wellness needs to come first. While checking in with students to make sure that they are coping is important, allowing students to connect with one another in activities that help them to build emotionally is the new mantra for excellence in the New Normal. Thus, to provide the much needed pastoral care and support our students' engagement in co-curricular and extracurricular activities is taken to be a collective responsibility (Re: Attachment 3 - UA Students’ Engagement Activities during CoVid-19 Nationwide Lockdown).

We will continue to adapt and adopt innovative practices to keep all our students meaningfully engaged. Come what may, UA will ensure that your child’s/children’s education will not be compromised but raised. Thank you for your continued support and for entrusting the safety of your children to us.

Sincerely,

Lopen Norbu Gyaltshen

 

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CORONA-TION WEEK, AN ENVIRONMENT WEEK

2nd June 2020: Social Forestry Day to commemorate the Coronation of our beloved King HM Jigme Singye Wangchuck who is the first ‘Champion of the Earth’ award in 2005 instituted by UNEP.

4th June 2020: Birthday of our Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, the patron of environment preservation in Bhutan.

5th June 2020: World Environment Day (WED) is one of the biggest events celebrated in the world every year; it is supposed to be the "People's Day" to do something to take care of the earth and the environment. We are not doing but polluting. Thanks to the CORONA pandemic lockdown, the earth got time to heal a bit, the sky is clearer, and the air cleaner.

I am happy that Lord Buddha joined us this year on WED to teach us mindfulness - to be mindful of our actions on the world. CORONA would have never come if we did not harm other living creatures.

I feel we should observe a CORONA-TION week each year - a CORONA pandemic lockdown on earth each year. For 2020 we did our part during the CORONA-TION WEEK, AN ENVIRONMENT WEEK
Happy CORONA-TION Weekend.

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Dear Parents, Teachers, and Students - on school reopening,

We are writing to appraise each and every one of our plans to begin the phased re-opening of Ugyen Academy (UA). The government has asked us to plan a reopening of the school from Wednesday, 1st July 2020 for classes X and XII only. We accept that it is our sacred responsibility to plan a phased reopening based on our judgments of what is safest for all of us. Hence, this letter has three important attachments:

  1. Phase wise Reporting Notice: Provided to ensure that each and every student is thoroughly screened
  2. An important extract from UA’s Preparedness and Response Plan (PRP – 4th Edition, 20th June 2020) for school reopening on 1st July 2020:

It spells out the expectations and guidelines/protocols to be followed when school reopens

  1. PRP Structure System (Human Resources –Command/Communication)

For easy contact and to identify the concerned individual's responsibility/duty for effective implementation of UA’s Preparedness and Response Plan (PRP) for Outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

As evident from above, considering the safety of our students and UA staff members, we have put great thrust to Health and Medical Unit; it has been strengthened with the best possible health team headed by a consultant doctor, two seasoned nurses and trained support staff to provide 24X7 health services in the campus. Even each class has a female and a male Class Health Captain who are automatic members of the School Health and Medical Unit.

While we have done everything under the sun to ensure safety, it is important to share a bit on our academic plan. Today, despite extraordinary advances in the development of countermeasures, the ease of world travel and increased global interdependence have added layers of complexity to containing these infectious diseases that affect not only the health but the economic stability of societies. The Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has to some degree been catastrophic for the world including Bhutan- it has been rolling out public fear, economic loss, and adversely impacting schools. Therefore, as envisaged in our objective, UA’s Preparedness and Response Plan for Outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is designed to some degree for adapting to reclosing and reopening schools as needed due to resurgence of community transmission.

Accordingly, we are adopting a Blended Learning Approach - combination of face-to-face and online learning. Our DLS Unit has also been strengthened and ICT facilities up-graded for effective blended learning. The school will have intranet facilities to continue online classes as well; online assignments and assessments will continue to exist on the school campus. Consequently, we will be allowing students to come with their electronic gadgets to school but they will have to surrender their SIM to the Planning and Operation Unit/Class Teacher/Matrons/Wardens. Each student will have to sign the ICT pledge. Having said so, our challenge will be to e-discipline all our students – a real big challenge. Nonetheless, as shared in the past, we are prepared to come up with an added feature in our values education classes – Values education for the 21st Century Technology-Based Education. Anyway, we have no choice but to have a go for the better. We are sure parents will support the move.

Thank you for your ongoing support and hope to see you all in good health soon.

 

Lopen Norbu Gyaltshen

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Thank You UA - Monthly Tests

Dear Parents and Students,

Our monthly tests for the month of March and April 2020 are beginning from today (Saturday, April 25, 2020). Like the monthly tests conducted during regular academic sessions, the online tests will cover only those topics covered under the EiE curriculum or UA’s Distance Learning Solutions (DLSs). Accordingly, the assessment criteria have been innovated to suit the e-learning and teaching (EiE) environment.

We are attaching the Time Table and the Assessment Criteria so that all are aware of the kind of assessment(s) we are trying to come up with, after coming to grips with the online delivery (DLS) of the EiE curriculum. Kindly go through the time table and the assessment criteria and provide us your valuable feedback. We must admit that it is not perfect; it is rather a temporary solution to ensure that we partner with the parents, meaningfully engage our students and jointly make an assessment.

At the same time, we are all aware that we are all facing a host of challenges when it comes to teaching or assessing remotely; the digital divide - grappling with unfamiliar technologies, those who lack adult supervision, or those who are facing domestic problems, resource problems — the list goes on. Therefore, it will be our sacred responsibility to help such students, if not now, even later when the school re-opens.

Meanwhile, driven by a pandemic to the front lines of an unprecedented rush to distance-learning, we don’t have a choice but to be inundated in our own respective groups in Google classrooms, messenger, telegram, We-chat, emails, texts, BBS Lessons, and calls – a desperate attempt to keep education going. We are all stressed and to some degree panic-stricken but we must work together to get through this crisis.

We remain very certain that with the amount of love, care and concern from our beloved His Majesty, the heroic efforts of our government; the ever-rising fountain of prayers from our “Zhung Dratshang” (Central Monastic Body – CMB) and the collaboration of Bhutanese people, the pandemic will end soon and life will spring back to normalcy. It will.

UA Principal

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