Education has been a top priority for Yingluck Shinawatra. In the past, there has been many attempts to upgrade the education system but met with failures, especially in bridging the knowledge gap among rich and poor students.
The privileged children are often sent to private or international schools. Some even send their children to distant schools in far-away countries.
FACT: Millions of Thai students come from families who cannot afford the high overseas or locally private educational cost of learning for their children.
Since 2011, Yingluck’s Government has made good attempts at improving the quality of the system. It was and still is a difficult process for the educationists, teachers and children to overcome years of adherence to a one-track flow of learning. The Thai culture is to learn what is taught by the older generation.
These days there is a paradigm shift of attitudes. Without education, children are at high risks of poverty. Thailand Government must be quick to set more educational infrastructure and upgrade technology for all children and ensure the continuation of good economy so that children will have employment when they graduate from higher education.
According to the Office of Basic Education Commission (OBEC) Secretary General Chinnapat Bhumirat a new school calendar that goes along with other school system in ASEAN nations will start middle next year nationwide. Chinnapat Bhumirat said that around 70 percent of schools under OBEC have kicked off their new school year on Thursday and they have had no problem with classes or even traffic conditions around their premises. The Secretary General also said a bi-lingual curriculum has already been introduced to many schools this year to help student more acquainted with the use of English as a second language.