Education Failings: Is anyone listening?

Originally published in the Bangkok Post newspaper on 16th November 2017

It is disheartening each time an international report is released which further condemns Thailand’s education system. The utter lack of progress in significantly improving the country’s schools demands urgent attention for social, economic, and humane reasons. The most recent international report to spotlight the dire failings in Thailand’s education has come from UNESCO.

The UNESCO 2017/2018 Global Education Monitoring Report’s (GEMR) criticism of the Thai education focused on familiar failings. Half the country’s Grade 9 students have only a minimum level of proficiency in mathematics and reading, half the country’s students are taught in a language that is not their mother tongue, and 3.9 million adults in Thailand are unable to read simple sentences.


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