Data reports have indicated that as many as 238,000 students dropped out of the education system throughout 2021, as COVID-19 outbreaks swept throughout Thailand. More than half have since rejoined the system, but the prime minister is now aiming to reduce to zero the number of children without access to education
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha recently chaired a signing ceremony for a memorandum of understanding on a project to promote opportunities and equality in education. The event also saw the launch of the Pha Nong Klab Ma Rian or “Bring the Kids Back to School” mobile application.
Gen Prayut said children must be brought back into the education system and has set a target for zero un-enrolled students. In addition to creating educational opportunities, the premier said he seeks to improve the quality of life of parents so that children who resume their studies stay in school.
About 238,000 students were found to have dropped out of the education system in 2021. Proactive efforts over the past two months to bring them back into the system have resulted in nearly 128,000 returnees.
The Ministry of Education developed the new app to help accelerate efforts to get the remaining students to return to education. It will also serve as a database that the ministry can utilize to provide assistance to students. (NNT)