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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.
My partner teacher Suzy King and I also have gotten to look at the curriculum for 9th and 10th grade, and it’s pretty serious. I’ll try to post a copy at the website, so you can take a look too.

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.


Comments on: "What does school look like in Nepal?" (1)

  1. I would love to teach in Nepal someday!

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