Former Education Min urges education reform

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BANGKOK, 9 July 2015 – Thailand needs critical thinking rather than rote lessons in order to produce new graduates with skills, according to former Education Minister Jaturon Chaisaeng.

Former Education Minister Jaturon Chaisaeng said the eight subject groups currently taught in Thai schools should be overhauled. He also proposed a course elective system to allow students to focus more on subjects of their particular interest.

Mr. Jaturon added that more teachers in the fields of mathematics and science were needed to meet the demand for qualified practitioners. He urged the Ministry of Education to ensure the quality of universities that produce new teacher graduates.

In addition, Thailand also needs to have assessments in place to determine whether the universities in the country meet international educational standards.