Switching to new model of school time utilization 70-80% complete

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BANGKOK, 2 September 2015 – Switching to the new model of classes scheduling is 70-80% complete, according to the Office of the Basic Education Commission.

OBEC Secretary-General Kamol Rodklai, speaking on Tuesday of the government policy to reduce class hours at schools, said the new scheduling will place the major subjects of Thai, English, social science, science and mathematics in the morning classes. Afternoon classes will be devoted to activities such as practical classes in health education, physical education, work skills training, free electives, clubs and supplementary teaching. School will start and end at the same times as previously.

Mr. Kamol indicated that 70-80% progress has been made in switching to the new model of school hours utilization. Representatives from private schools, demonstration schools and international schools will work with OBEC personnel this week to finish drafting a guideline for the change by Friday. Students and the public will then be able to give their feedback on the draft guideline through the OBEC’s website.

Mr. Kamol expects the entire process to be completed by October 10, and the new model to be put to use in the second semester of the current school year.