Thailand may implement e-learning in new academic year if COVID-19 persists


BANGKOK– A meeting of cabinet ministers on Apr 21 considered many issues related to measures to help limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including preparations for the start of the first semester of the 2020 academic year and admissions of seventh grade and 10th grade students.

The Government Spokeswoman, Prof. Dr. Narumon Pinyosinwat, said today that the first semester of the 2020 academic year will start on July 1. Admissions of seventh grade and 10th grade students will take place between May 3 and 12, while educational institutions for persons with disabilities and underprivileged students will be open for registration between May 3 and 31. Examinations and procedures for student selection will take place in June. Finding proper education venues and having students report themselves will be completed before June 15.

Tools and equipment for long distance learning have been prepared. There are two scenarios. First, if the COVID-19 situation remains uncertain, students from elementary to junior high school will study via the DLTV system, while high school students will learn through videos as well as online lectures, using learning tools provided by their educational institutions.

In the second scenario, after the COVID-19 situation has improved; students will attend classes as usual, but be required to keep a safe distance from each other. Contingency plans to deal with emergencies must receive prior approval from provincial education committees. (NNT)