Prime Minister backs cutting back classroom hours

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BANGKOK, 30 August 2015  – Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has advocated a reduction in classroom hours in public schools nationwide but stressed teachers must be able to integrate all compulsory curriculum within shorter learning hours, revealed Government spokesperson Col Sansern Kaewkamnerd.

Rather than sitting at desks until ending a school day at 4 p.m., students will in the reformed proposal, leave their classroom two hours earlier at 2 p.m. Col Sansern said the students still need to stay at school and spend the two hours to learn creative and analytical skills that are believed to empower their life performance and discover personal interest.

Col Sansern cited the prime minister as saying that he considered the policy as one of concrete educational reform. The schools would maintain its role as educator and would not push the burden of being educator to parents. He explained the schools would not focus only on academic knowledge but also life skills and promotion of self awareness among students.

He added that post-classroom activities are not necessary to be taken part by students in the same level. Mixed class activities would allow students to practice interaction with people from different groups and ages. Such an environment is simulated from real-world atmosphere.