education

31 May 2016
Academics have condemned a school in the Northeastern Province of Khon Kaen for requiring kindergarten children to wear military uniforms, saying that it reinforces authoritarianism. A parent pitied her daughter wearing such uniform despite the hot weather of Thailand.
27 May 2016
For four years, children in a kindergarten in the northeastern province of Khon Kaen have been ordered to wear military uniforms once a week.
12 May 2016
Applaud but do not stand, take selfies politely, and chant ‘keep fighting PM Prayut’ are commands stated in the schedule of a conference between the Prime Minister and government school teachers.   The schedule of the conference called The PM meets his teacher friends,’ to be held on 13 May 2016, includes orders for participants to chant together ‘keep fighting PM Prayut’.
26 Apr 2016
The draft constitution is a written attempt by the junta to take Thai politics and society back to the pre-Thaksin era. The draft not only aims to prevent the emergence of a Thaksin-like government, but also the emergence of Thaksin-like policies, which were tangible and ‘edible’ for the poor.
16 Mar 2016
The fourth paragraph of Article 50 of the Draft Constitution states that the general purpose of Thai education is to create good and disciplined students who are proud of their nation, which has been criticised by the group Education for the Liberation of Siam over the definitions of ‘good’ and ‘disciplined’.
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.
10 Nov 2015
A rumour that the Thai military government will withdraw support for several publicly-funded educational organisations has caused a stir on social media. On Monday, 9 November 2015, Duangrit Bunnag, a well-known Thai architect, posted a message on Facebook that it has been confirmed that the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday will discuss a plan to withdraw support for leading public educational organisations under the Office of Knowledge Management and Development (OKMD).
12 Oct 2015
SUMMARY - Hazing in Thai universities, known as SOTUS, every year leads to scandalous actions and even fatalities. Calls to end it are met by its strong supporters, including academics and university administrations.
18 Sep 2015
Editor’s Note:  Harrison George wishes to apologize for his temporary absence from this website.  This was due to an illness of a medical nature and not, contrary to the scurrilous innuendos on various social media, of a psychological nature.  Mr George’s psychiatric carers have assured Prachatai that his mental state is stable (as long as he keeps taking the meds), consistently unusual, and terminal. Oh boy!  3 articles about education on the same page of the Bangkok Post.  Could educational reform finally be among us?
10 Aug 2015
Thai education has been thrown into tumult by new regulations governing the siting of schools, colleges and universities. A ministerial order from the Prime Minister’s Office will ban any establishment from offering formal tertiary educational services within 300 metres from a military facility.  But this order, based on the Critical Thinking Prohibition Act, has not yet been published in the Royal Gazette and enforcement will not start until 30 days after that.
30 Jul 2015
Examination on Civic Leadership and General Sense of Superiority To be taken by Prime Ministers, Test Writers for Civic Duty classes, Administrators of Triam Udom Suksa School who are not psychiatrists but can still diagnose mental illness from test answers, and True Believers in True Thainess.
5 Jun 2015
The brutal crackdown on a student led protest against the provisions of the new National Education Law was just the latest attempt by the government of Myanmar to keep control of the political reform process and the pre-election agenda that threatens to escape their iron grip. Students are protesting against the establishment of an Education Council which would control the curriculum without any consultation with or participation by students.   The response of the international community, and in particular the EU, has been extremely weak.

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