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Many Thai high school students are calling for final exams to be postponed after the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted much of the school year. Some say they’ve struggled with online learning.

Students are sharing the now-trending Twitter hashtag #เลื่อนสอบ, literally means “postpone exams,” and are expressing their concerns with the upcoming tests. One Twitter user says online learning has been a challenge and they are not prepared for the final exams.

“Honestly speaking, I really cannot see my future anymore. We have our finals in two months, I am stressed, exhausted and feeling hopeless. Covid is close to home, online learning is such a challenge and I don’t understand anything at all.”

Senior high school students have 2 months to prepare for the major national exams including the Ordinary National Education Test (O-NET), General Aptitude Test (GAT) and Professional and Academic Aptitude Test (PAT) as well as university entrance examinations.

Teachers and students have faced difficulties adjusting themselves to the restriction measures during the outbreak of Covid-19. Academic and educational personnel also note that remote online learning will hinder student’s learning process.

SOURCE: Thai Enquirer

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    Mister Stretch

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    Yeah, let’s just scrap an entire year’s education because the MoE hasn’t been able to instruct teachers how to effectively teach, nor students how to effectively learn.

    Hmmm…gotta be honest, seems like a normal situation in Thailand education.

    I would understand this from students who didn’t have access to computers or internet, though.

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      Jeff

      Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 6:29 pm

      Online learning is only slightly different than in the classroom. Classes can be held over ZOOM and other live interactive platforms that is practically the same as, if not better than, being in the classroom. Teachers can present material, share screens/documents, answer live questions and actually mute those students who normally disrupt classes. Students (yes, always exceptions) in Thailand just don’t have the discipline to study, whether it is in the classroom or online. Therein is where the real problem lies. Why do schools have no-fail policies? Some schools mandate no final grades lower than 60 or 70 percent, no matter the student’s performance. It’s real, I know. Yes, computers and internet could be a hurdle for some students but the vast majority are already computer/internet savvy. It’s just an excuse to get out of studying/taking tests.

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        Issan John

        Friday, January 15, 2021 at 2:02 am

        It hasn’t struck you that it isn’t much use kids being “computer / internet savvy” if they don’t have computer / internet access?

        No, probably not, stupid question …

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    Bill

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    “online learning is such a challenge” lmao. Almost as funny as someone saying they have a “learning disability”. Oh you mean you’re stupid (daniel tosh quote) lol

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