12 Thai values
21 Mar 2016
Despite efforts by the military government to improve the appalling state of Thai education, reformers point out that the new draft constitution will plunge Thailand deeper into an education crisis.
14 Mar 2016
Despite promises of education reform as the country ranks among the worst in the region for academic success, a youth civil society group says that Thai education will only get worse under the draft constitution.
12 Dec 2015
This column is a follow up to this column on how Thailand is at the Bottom of the Global Creativity Index’s ‘ethnic and religious tolerance’ indicator, on which Thailand ranked 127th out of 130 countries. The importance of creativity is that it is linked to growth, especially in cities, where a cosmopolitan mix lends itself to dynamism.
3 Nov 2015
The Thai authorities have drafted a master plan to promote ‘morality’ based on sufficiency, honesty, and responsibility as a national programme. According to Daily News, Gen Thanasak Patimaprakorn, Deputy Prime Minister and head of the National Committee to Promote Morality established under the Ministry of Culture, on Monday, 2 November 2015, revealed that the Committee approved a master plan to promote morality as a national programme at its first meeting.
24 Jul 2015
A high-school executive has scolded a grade 12 student activist who refused to take a Civic Duty class exam as being mentally ill while the Education Minister told the media not to pay much attention to her. According to the 23 July 2015 issue of Matichon newspaper, an administrator of Triam Udom Suksa School in central Bangkok told the media that Nattanan Warintarawet, aka Nice, an outspoken anti-coup student activist at the school, is mentally ill.
13 Jan 2015
Thai Ministry of Culture aims to promote the junta’s controversial 12 nationalistic Thai values by publishing books of fables.
20 Oct 2014
Open Letter 1/2014 Education for Liberation of Siam 16 September 2014 Dear General Prayuth Chan-ocha, the Prime Minister of Thailand, the Head of the National Council for Peace and Order, the Chairman of the Board of Investment, the Chairman of the Joint Private-Public Standing Committee, the Chairman of the National Energy Policy Committee, the Chairman of the State Enterprise Policy Committee, the Chairman of the Policy Committee on Special Economic Zone Development,
10 Sep 2014
The captain of Thai industry was interested to see the results of Thailand’s education reform. Hearing that a fast-tracked ‘model student’ had applied for employment at his firm, he decided to conduct the interview himself. Thai businesses have long complained that the products of the Thai education system are virtually unemployable, lacking the skills necessary for the modern economy. The CEO was eager to see the results of the NCPO-inspired reform of the schooling system in developing the kind of graduates that the corporate sector required.