Education Ministry backs improvement of border schools in SEZ provinces

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BANGKOK, 17 July 2015 – The Education Ministry has showed support to the development of border schools located in the Special Economic Zones, to prepare Thai children for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) which will come into force at the end of this year. 

Deputy Education Minister General Surachet Chaiwong said during his visit to schools in Mae Sai District, Chiang Rai Province yesterday that the content of their curriculums should concentrate on equipping children with knowledge to compete in the AEC.

One of the schools General Surachet visited was Baan Wiang Phang School, which is located one kilometer away from the Thai – Myanmar border. It has 956 students belonging to various northern tribal groups. The school emphasizes the teaching of prominent languages in ASEAN, such as English, Chinese, and Burmese.

The Minister also visited Rajaprajanugroh 15 School in Chiang Saen District. The school highlights classes for regular, disabled and less fortunate students.

General Surachet expressed satisfaction with the two schools, saying both institutions were able to provide practical language studies that students could use when entering the job market.