Pattaya readies new 5-year education master plan

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Pattaya is preparing a new five-year education plan to set educational methods and standards to raise its schools to international standards.

A newly elected Pattaya Education Development Committee presented the plan to Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome at a meeting at the A-One Royal Cruise Hotel Aug. 22. It was then forwarded to the Pattaya City Council for consideration and development of a budget to request from Chonburi Province.

One year in the making by professors at Thammasat University, led by Associate Professor Pornthip Sampattavanija, Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication, the plan emphasizes use of technological and media knowledge over the next five years.

The newly elected Pattaya Education Development Committee poses for a commemorative photo with Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome after presenting a new five-year education plan to raise local schools to international standards.

The master plan focuses on teaching processes as well as the learning processes of students following key points set by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization under its slogan of “Learning to do, learning to live together and learning to be”.

In his opening speech, Itthiphol said the master plan is the key to developing the quality of education. Its objectives are to push Pattaya and its schools forward to become “world-class standard schools” and guide teachers to pass on their knowledge to students.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome presents the key to Pattaya City to Associate Professor Pornthip Sampattavanija.

Pattaya has now established a new policy for advanced education to meet international standards, focused mainly on teaching and methods provided by the teachers, development in students and an organized database for studies.

3 members of the Pattaya Education Development Committee, (l-r) Sopin Thappajug, Chair, Pratheep Malhotra, Vice Chair and Alvi Sinthvanik, member.3 members of the Pattaya Education Development Committee, (l-r) Sopin Thappajug, Chair, Pratheep Malhotra, Vice Chair and Alvi Sinthvanik, member.

Presenting the new plan was the Pattaya Education Development Committee, with Diana Group Managing Director Sopin Thappajug elected as chairperson of the 27-member panel with Pattaya Mail Managing Director Pratheep Malhotra chosen as vice chairman. Other board members were elected from 11 Pattaya public schools, as well as four outside experts.

They will work as core advisors in operations and management of the educational-development project. The results are to be tracked for four years.

Wannapa Wannasri, Head of the Pattaya City Education Research and Development Department initiated this project to upgrade education standards in Pattaya Schools.Wannapa Wannasri, Head of the Pattaya City Education Research and Development Department initiated this project to upgrade education standards in Pattaya Schools.

Members of the Pattaya city Council and the directors of the Pattaya schools gather for a group photograph to mark this historic event.