Survey shows lower illiteracy among children


BANGKOK, 24 August 2015 – A survey has shown a decrease in number of illiteracy among children, signifying the effectiveness of the nation’s illiteracy reduction measures, the OBEC Secretary-General says. 

The Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) Secretary-General Kamol Rodklai has revealed the progress of the Thai language teaching development, in keep with the Ministry of Education’s 2015 illiteracy-less policy, that the OBEC has put into practice new teaching methods at about 30,000 schools nationwide. He also revealed that 2,020 OBEC regulated schools have been selected as samples in the literacy survey among primary school students.

The latest survey in July shows 5.6 percent of Prathom 1 students are unable to read, while 5 percent are unable to write. These figures are continuing to decline since the first survey, conducted in June, shows the number of students who cannot read was at 11.5 percent, and while students who cannot write are recorded at 8.7 percent.

The OBEC Secretary-General has said that this survey demonstrates the success of the OBEC’s teaching methods, which include extra tutoring for students who require individual attention on reading and writing.