Pattaya students, teachers told to boost English skills for AEC

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Pattaya hosted a seminar for local students and teachers to acquaint them with the changes coming under the ASEAN Economic Community.

Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon opened the Dec. 17 seminar at the Ambassador City Hotel in Jomtien Beach. More than 150 instructors and pupils attended to hear the keynote address from Damrong Phutthan, founder of the ‘Khu Srang Khu Som’ magazine.

Damrong said it is important that Thais adapt for the AEC in many ways. Expenses, popularity, corruption, internal conflict, lack of team work, lack of education and language abilities, qualities of personnel’s and stability of politics are all areas that need to be addressed, he said.

Damrong Phutthan, founder of the ‘Khu Srang Khu Som’ magazine gives the keynote address.Damrong Phutthan, founder of the ‘Khu Srang Khu Som’ magazine gives the keynote address.

He also urged Thailand to strengthen the security of its people, especially in the southern border provinces, and eliminate poverty and follow the teachings of HM the King.

A key factor would be to improve Thai students’ poor proficiency in English, especially those attending vocational schools.

For Thailand in general, the AEC is more of an opportunity for entrepreneurs to expand and invest their businesses among AEC members by strengthening trade negotiations with competitors.

Those who have not properly prepared for the AEC will be at a disadvantage and lose important chances to invest and penetrate the AEC market, he said. The lack of education will take a big toll on their chances, Damrong added.