STEM Education introduced in Thai schools

Friday, 25 July 2014 By  MCOT

BANGKOK, July 24 -- Thailand has implemented the STEM Education to improve Science and Mathematics teaching in schools across the country.

The Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) to promote STEM Education, the integrated instruction of science, technology, engineer and mathematics, as a tool to improve science and mathematics teaching and learning in elementary schools and at higher levels nationwide.

Signed by executives of two parties at Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC), includes using STEM Education to encourage and guide students in applying science, technology, engineer and mathematics in daily life, for example to solve problems and create inventions, through activities, analysis and integration of more than one STEM subject.

Prof Dr Montri Chulavatnatol, ISPT chairman, said STEM Education has been used in more than 200 schools in Thailand so far, adding that the programme would encourage more people to work in science-related fields as well as to create and use innovations to increase the country’s productivity and competitiveness on the global stage.

Rojana Kritcharoen, basic education secretary-general, said implementing STEM Education is expected to cover every school, elementary and above levels, within five years. OBEC will work to promote STEM education, enhance cooperation among concerned parties and provide financial support for related activities.

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