This week, we’re taking a look at the schools our Nepali-speaking Bhutanese students attended before coming here. This one is a little long, and again, the sound is not great. I have bought a microphone, though, so from here on out, we should be golden!
It’s fascinating, though, to hear about how what our students experienced school to be is nothing like what you and I know.
- Early primary students sit on the floor.
- You have to pass all the major subjects in order to pass the grade. Fail math, and you get to do it all again.
- School is primarily in English, right from the beginning.
- Grades are not based on homework or participation; instead, it’s based on how well you can remember all the content you’ve learned this year. For this reason, 40% is considered passing.
- Corporal punishment is the norm, not the exception
- 9th and 10th grade are the end of high school, and the same thing is taught for two years.
If this video piques your interest, there are more links at the ELL Teaching Tips website:
You will find all past videos there, including videos about schools in Kenya.