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?
Well it didn’t take long for the other shoe to fall. The recent Ordinary National Educational Test (O-Net) in Thai language contained what could have been a bolt from the blue for the Thai schooling system. Instead it turned out to be a bolt that ever more firmly fixes Thai education into authoritarian irrelevance.
“F” for the explanations of ridiculous O-NET questions This year’s ridiculous O-NET exam questions caused much kerfuffle which had the executives of the National Institute of Educational Testing Service (NIETS) come out to give their yearly explanation for their ridiculous exam questions.