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Thailand’s Education Ministry says it plans to reduce the amount of time students have to spend in the classroom, in favour of more personal learning time. The initiative is part of a wider upgrade to the country’s education system and is expected to be implemented next year.

2020 has been a year of student-led protests, with Thailand’s youth railing against the establishment and calling for greater democracy and improvements to the country’s education system. Many say the system has failed them, citing widespread bullying and sexual harassment. The students’ involvement in protests against the government and at times, the Monarchy, has led to a number of university students facing lèse majesté charges. In one case, a 16 year old student, was charged under the strict law, prompting criticism from the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights.

Education Minister Natthapol Teepsuwan says the upgrade to the country’s education system is part of ongoing improvement efforts. To further sweeten the deal, he says a new budget for school meals will be proposed to Cabinet, calling it a “gift” for students. He adds that more foreign teachers will continue to return to the Kingdom’s schools, as Covid-19 entry restrictions are eased.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    So the “upgrade” is to do less …..

    … passing the responsibility from the schools, to teach, to the students to do “personal learning” instead.

    The only thing that “upgrades” is the gap between rich and poor, haves and have nots, and the educated and the illiterate.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    … and a “gift” is given willingly, without compensation.

    If the school meals are to “sweeten the deal” then by definition they’re not a “gift” but a bribe.

    This is what the “Bad Students” should be protesting about, not school uniforms.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    System upgrade – they cannot afford to teach the students.

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    OnlineSLM

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    This Issan John guy has become one of my most loathed human beings. Just toxicity coming out of his mouth on each and every article.

    Students have become all the more coddled as years have gone on. In my experience we are actually actively removing independent study in favor of teachers being expected to hold their hands and work far harder than students – especially in international schools. Encouraging active learning outside of classrooms – developing skills and teamwork etc. You think these are bad things? Personal learning doesn’t mean sitting alone in a library – it can mean more tailored and personalized experiences. If you ask me – that’s what kids need, and what has been lost in modern education to a huge extent.

    Try and look on the bright side sometimes my man. We live in Thailand – life could be a hell of a lot worse. 🙂

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      Galaxy

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 7:57 pm

      You are absolutely right but before that the basics such as writing, mental arithmetic are hardly acquired by a very large majority. So????

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 8:19 pm

        Exactly, Galaxy.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    You “live in Thailand”?

    Your comment shows that you live in la-la land.

    “No”, I DON’T think “encouraging active learning outside of classrooms – developing skills and teamwork etc” and “more tailored and personalized experiences”are “bad things”.

    On the contrary, I think they’re a vital part of a rounded education.

    Unfortunately without the extra funding, extra staff, and staff re-training needed all you end up doing is demanding even more of the staff you already have – the very staff you’ve said are already “expected to hold their hands and work far harder than students”.

    Unbelievable. First you complain that the teachers are overworked, “especially in international schools” (are you one?), then you say they should be given even MORE work – work they’re not trained or qualified to do, with no extra funding, no re-training, and no more staff.

    UNBELIEVABLE.

    Have you ever been in a Thai school?

    What “library”?

    You may not be aware of it, but this has already happened here before.

    Classroom time was reduced as an “upgrade” and teachers told to “encourage active learning outside of classrooms – develop skills and teamwork …”, to provide “more tailored and personalized experiences”, and all the other good things that anyone who’s read the Big Dummy’s Guide can churn out meaninglessly.

    Sadly the powers-that-be hadn’t read the chapter that explained that it all cost MONEY for the extra facilities, extra equipment, extra staff and extra training, so although many teachers went the extra mile and did their best, it was simply impossible.

    Instead, some students ended up sitting alone in what passed for a library, some played more sport, some went off on their bikes to practice burn ups and wheelies as they weren’t supervised and there was nothing else for them to do and nowhere to do it, and some just went home early.

    OnlineSLM, “my man”, get out of your ivory tower and look around.

    While Thai students need “skills”, they don’t need “active learning” and “more tailored and personalized experiences” – half the Thais leaving school are functionally illiterate (UN stat), so how about sorting that out first?

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 8:22 pm

      … and I’d bet, OnlineSLM my man, you’re a whingeing teacher at a second-rate international school … or, more likely, a whingeing ex-teacher.

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        preesy chepuce

        Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 10:53 pm

        Don’t you have a social life? Nobody reads your dreary essays, even fewer pay any attention to them.

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          Toby Andrews

          Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 9:54 am

          Not true.
          I read Issan john’s dreary essays. I find them very entertaining – a laugh a minute.
          I especially like his hypocrisy, or maybe he just forgets what he has written.
          For instance in one post he writes everything Thai is wonderful, and in this post he states: half the Thais leaving school are functionally illiterate.
          This is why I refer to them as peasants, which outrages John, but it’s true.

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    James Pate

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 6:41 am

    Online learning may be the best thing that’s happened in education in a long time, worldwide. However, most students need some guidance. Few people know what they want to do and what they are capable to do from an early age. Reducing class time makes sense only when it’s replaced with something more beneficial.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 6:30 pm

      Not for those who can’t go on-line, James!

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