While Bangkok remains the centre of Thailand’s buoyant international education sector, with as many as 150 international schools located in and around the capital, demand for high quality English language education is driving the sector’s growth throughout the country, with regional hubs such as Phuket and Chiang Mai experiencing significant growth.
The growth of the international education sector in Northern Thailand can be attributed to the growing aspirations of the region’s middle classes, the perceived inadequacies of the national education systems, the opening of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), in which English is recognized as the economic bloc’s official language, and more recently, demand from Asia-Pacific students opting to learn at international schools in Thailand. Of the international programmes on offer, schools providing a British-based curriculum are proving to be among the most popular, possibly as a result of the association with world renowned academic institutions such as Cambridge University and the fact that IGCSEs and A Level qualifications are accepted by top universities across the world.
For families looking for educational alternatives to Bangkok’s international schools, a visit to a top quality institution in Northern Thailand is strongly advised.
Daniel Maxwell is a writer and educator