Cabinet approves Bt2.9Bn for free student lunches next academic year

The cabinet has approved Bt2.95 billion for a free lunch program for the 2025 academic year. This will benefit 575,983 students attending 7,344 schools across the country. Karom Pholpornklang, the…

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World Bank VP suggests flood controls for sustainable economy in Thailand

While Thailand aims to improve its economic performance, to be that of a high-income country by 2037, the government needs to overcome several major issues. A policy ensuring climate-resilient development…

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Uthenthawai college told to stop accepting new students this year

The Rajamangala University of Technology Tawan-ok Uthenthawai (RUTU) campus has received an order to cease the admission of new first-year students, marking the initial phase of its closure. This measure…

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Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin

PM Srettha aims for “zero” school dropout

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said today he will on this Saturday unveil his government’s plan to address the worsening problems of Thailand’s education inequality. He said the goal is to…

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World Bank says revised education system key to reducing income inequality

Thailand’s efforts to combat income inequality are hitting a wall. Despite strides before 2015, progress has stalled, leaving the country with the highest inequality in East and Asia Pacific. The…

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Energy management giant calls for quicker green energy transition

Foreign investors warn that Thailand’s progress in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions falls short of expectations, despite the government’s commitment to carbon neutrality in and net zero emissions. Urgent action, particularly…

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Experts say lowest ever PISA score is a wakeup call for Thailand’s failing education system

Thailand’s latest PISA scores are the lowest in more than two decades since the country joined the Program for International Student Assessment in the early 2000s. The poor performance offers…

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Education Ministry assigned to improve Thais’ English proficiency

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has ordered the Education Ministry to come up with measures rapidly, to improve English proficiency among Thai people, students in particular, after Thailand’s very poor ranking…

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Who is Malala Yousafzai?

It came as a surprise to many Thais when Miss Thailand Universe Anntonia Porsild mentioned the name of Malala Yousafzai during the top three rounds of the Miss Universe 2023…

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NHRC to stop 126 undocumented Myanmar children from being repatriated

Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission will try to stop 126 undocumented students from Myanmar being repatriated, after the Ang Thong primary education office became suspicious that they might have been…

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Get past school uniforms, reframe the purpose of education

The conversation over whether school uniform and hair rules in Thailand should be repealed has come and gone many times. As the arguments and counterarguments are explained, we seem to…

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Global gender gap index reports rise in Thailand’s educational attainment

Thailand has significantly improved on gender parity in the category of educational attainment, ranked 61st, up from 92nd last year, as reported in Global Gender Gap Report 2023. With this…

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Over 50,000 students in Thailand drop out in 2022 academic year

A total of 52,808 students dropped out during the second semester of the 2022 academic year, according to Education Permanent Secretary Atthaphon Sangkhawasee. Of those, 21,364 are from schools under…

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Case of desperate mother who dumped infant exposes failures in Thai care systems

When a 17-year-old recently confessed to throwing the body of her eight-month-old son into a canal and reporting him missing, she exposed huge flaws in Thailand’s three major social systems….

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Short back and sides or a thoroughly modern cut?

People express their individuality in many different ways, among them how they wear their hair. Some color their hair blond. Girls shave their heads. Boys grow their hair long. Some change…

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Education experts fear quality will drop as teacher exams made easier

Despite Thailand’s increasing desperation to boost the quality of its education, authorities have decided that teacher trainees only need to be tested on one subject to get a license. This…

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Teenage pregnancy is bad, but lack of support system is worse

Teenagers who endure pregnancy without any support, especially from their school, are likely to have babies who grow up in poverty and eventually become young parents themselves. “Research shows the…

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Thailand ushers in new education era, but will rich-poor gap close?

Thai education is about to enter a new phase as Parliament prepares to vote on the National Education Bill. Yet experts do not expect the bill and its reforms to…

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Why Thailand’s new history class is causing national controversy

From the next academic year, schools across Thailand will teach history as a main subject in line with the policy of Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha. The move has prompted…

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Free university education would boost equality – but can Thailand afford it?

The student debt forgiveness campaign believes the budget Thailand has set to reduce inequality – 700 billion baht – should be more than enough to ensure education is “really free”….

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To write off or not to write off: Two sides of student loan repayment battle

The Student Loan Fund (SLF) is dismissing calls for it to write off 337 billion baht of loans taken by students to fund their education. Over the past few weeks,…

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A closer look at the new education bill that will shape the future of Thailand 

The National Education Bill is set to enter the Parliament for further deliberation in September, sparking new hope for some but concern for others.  The passage of this bill is…

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Inequality is not a new problem, but the COVID-19 pandemic just made it more visible around the world. “Learning Loss” became a common experience for this generation of children in vulnerable groups. (Photo courtesy of APREMC II)

Generation of learning loss due to COVID-19

Education is an important tool when dealing with inequality, be it economic, social or others. Children can escape the poverty trap, whereas their parents could not do so for generations,…

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PM blames reduced education budget on fewer students due to declining birth rate

Thailand’s declining birth rate over the past several years has resulted in fewer students and a commensurate reduction in education budget, from about 330 billion baht this fiscal year to…

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COVID-infected students can attend pre-university exams with doctor’s consent

Pre-university students in Thailand, who develop mild symptoms of COVID-19, are undergoing treatment for the disease or are at risk of getting infected, can attend the General Aptitude Test/Professional and…

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How a teacher deals with education inequality

A teacher in a small rural school reveals the immense struggle within the Thai education system, which is leading to poor academic performance by pupils, and what the expectations he…

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Are charity runs side-stepping real crisis in Thai education?

Dana (giving) is recognized as a virtue in Thai culture, meaning almost all citizens are familiar with the idea of charity and donations. But this month a debate on what…

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Surveys show that most students, parents and teachers want proper schooling to resume, but COVID-19 is still blocking the road back to normal education. (Photo by Robo Wunderkind)

2021: The year that kept students out of school and glued to screens

For millions of students in Thailand, 2021 has been a year of online classes as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt their schooling. When virus cases began surging earlier this…

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Two key education bills have sailed through the first reading in the parliament, despite warnings that it will seriously damage the quality of Thai education and offer no benefits for Thailand’s more than 10 million children. (Photo by Thai PBS)

New Thai education law will kill kids’ creativity, warn critics

Two key education bills have sailed through the first reading in the House of Representatives, despite warnings that both will seriously damage the quality of Thai education. Among those worried…

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Students attend class under new classroom conditions at Avicenna University in Kabul, Afghanistan September 6, 2021, in this picture obtained by REUTERS from social media. Social media handout/via REUTERS

A curtain divides male, female students as Afghan universities reopen

Students across Afghanistan have started returning to university classrooms after the Taliban stormed to power, and in some cases, females have been separated from their male peers by curtains or…

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Thailand Minister High Education

Higher Education Minister Anek’s path from student activist to enemy of student protesters 

As an academic, Anek Laothamatas made his name with a “Tale of Two Democracies”, which explores the divide in Thai society between the rural and urban sectors. But in his…

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New classroom arrangements in the wake of Covid-19 outbreak in Tak-based Ban Huuai Nok Kok School.

Will impoverished children lose out on education in new normal?

The wide education gap dividing the haves and the have nots threatens to become a chasm now that schools have been closed as part of measures to contain the Covid-19…

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2-year campaign to include sexual diversity in school curricula succeeds

Change.org reported on its website on Saturday that its campaign to introduce LGBT education in health and physical activity curricula, starting at Grade 1, has proved successful and will be…

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