18 May 2017
A Thai maths teacher has boasted proudly of humiliating students by shaving some of their hair. On 18 May 2017, a maths teacher of Hua Phluang Community School in Tha Tako District of Nakhon Sawan Province whose Facebook account name is ‘Worawut Sirithum’, posted a set of photos of schoolchildren with their heads shaved unevenly. “For those who asked for it, I have delivered,” reads the caption of the post.
29 Apr 2017
The Ordinary National Education Test (ONET) results this year are as disappointing as in previous years. Almost as disappointing as the wilful ignorance that produced the tests and the sadly misinformed comments on them in the media. Let us take the Prathom 6 English test as an example. For kids who have in all likelihood been taking multiple-choice tests since pre-kindergarten, it starts by helpfully showing them how to answer this kind of question: ‘Directions: Choose the correct answer. ‘Example ‘Item 0: Which province is in the south of Thailand?
20 Apr 2017
If the Thai government wants its education reforms to succeed, it must collaborate with local religious institutions, an expert has argued. Yet Thailand’s new constitution deliberately eradicates the role of local religion in the country’s education system.
15 Apr 2017
If university wants to revoke student rights of those who skip university activities, what will student council do -- concede or resist? The video is produced by Natthanon Ratri as part of Prachatai’s project “Difference, Diversity and Common”, supported by the Canadian Embassy in Thailand. The project’s goal is to promote better understanding of human rights and social diversity.
13 Apr 2017
‘Misunderstood’ used a social experiment method to make society think again about the lives of vocational students, often seen by the society as rogue hooligans. The lives of three vocational students -- Teen, Art and Ef -- will help you understand them better.
10 Mar 2017
I took a taxi from Kuala Lumpur's bustling shopping centre at the Petronas Twin Towers in the heart of the city. It was taking me along one of the busy highways which cuts through the city to a tom yam restaurant. Thai food is very popular in Malaysia but what most people are unaware of is that most of the owners and workers of the thousands of tom yam restaurants across Malaysia are Patani Malays from across the border in Thailand's Patani region of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat.
28 Feb 2017
In a sign of what the future may offer, two major reports on Myanmar’s education system released by Save the Children and the
26 Jan 2017
A teacher in northeastern Thailand has injured a third grade student by pressing a heated bottle against his leg, reports say. On 24 January 2017, a Facebook user named Pan Wippan shared a Facebook post about a third grade student from Non Sa-at District, Udon Thani Province who was physically abused by his maths teacher.
12 Jan 2017
Thailand’s military government has taken up the late King Bhumibol’s philosophies and knowledge as the main theme for Children’s Day in 2017. On 11 January 2017, Col Thaksada Sangchan, Deputy Spokesperson of the Prime Minister’s Office, said that from 8 am-3 pm on 14 January the government will organise an event for Children’s Day at the Government House in Bangkok, according to Wassana Nanuam, a Bangkok Post reporter.
24 Dec 2016
As reported in this excellent ABC News column drawing on a Matichon Online story, the Royal Thai Military has begun the systematic militarized indoctrination of kindergarteners. Systematic Military Indoctrination of Thai Kindergarteners Begins
22 Dec 2016
The Royal Thai Army is conducting a programme to educate kindergarten children to be patriotic through the junta’s controversial nationalistic 12 Thai Values. On 21 December 2016, Lt Col Phansak Phraewphanit, Commander of the 1st Infantry Battalion of the 29 Army Regiment in Kanchanaburi Province, welcomed a group of 180 kindergarten children and their teachers to participate in a ‘Homeland Defence Battalion’ programme, Matichon Online reported.
9 Dec 2016
“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.” C. G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections. IQ Redux