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Thailand's children deserve a better chance, PM Prayuth decides

Thailand PM Prayuth Unleashes Article 44 to Sack Key Education Ministry Six

Friday, April 17, 2015
PHUKET: Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha used his Article 44 special powers today for the first time to remove the Permanent Secretary of Thailand's Education Ministry and five other key officials.

The officials oversaw policies covering education from universities to kindergartens.

The prime minister has made his contempt for education standards in Thailand plain. It's generally acknowledged that Thailand's standards are among the lowest in South East Asia.

Social media was filled with people congratulating PM Prayuth on the move this afternoon.

The prime minister has spoken about the lack of research and development in Thailand.

His precedent-setting use of Article 44, which gives him exceptional powers, followed a nationally telecast speech earlier today assessing his six months in government.

While a few universities in Thailand are highly regarded, some universities are allegedly hotbeds of corruption where degrees and PhDs can be bought.

Parents are also often asked to pay extra for their children to be placed in public schools.

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It's about time. Having 4 children in the Thai education system i know only too well about the low standards the Thai education offers. Lets hope the shakeup runs deeper than just the shuffle of some top positions... the whole curriculum system needs a major workover....

Posted by DG on April 18, 2015 03:32

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Probably a good move.

Posted by Carl on April 18, 2015 07:31

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It will be a momentous task to upgrade the education system nationally

Posted by Paul on April 18, 2015 09:01

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The fundamentals won't change until the corruption and the wages of staff becomes liveable.
Any change to the Education system will take 4+ years to work. It's a long slow process.

Posted by Tbs on April 18, 2015 10:17

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Thai kids need saving and it's great that the process has begun.

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Nice to hear the ball is rolling in the right direction.

I have two daughters here, and their exam results were acceptable, and yet they both were refused entry into the government schools of their choice. We were told of how many parents choose another option of paying to ensure their entry would be accepted. Naturally we refused, very sad that the corrupt system even touches the youngest of hearts. I hope that this will be totally reformed by the present authority

Posted by reader on April 18, 2015 10:53

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If the education system is corrupt - and it is, all the way through - then it's hardly surprising that kids grow up to believe money can buy you a degree - and it can. A good place for Prayuth to start.

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Posted by gee on April 18, 2015 10:53

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Bigotry is even worse that corruption.

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Posted by gee on April 18, 2015 11:17

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There is no freedom of speech for online bigots and racists. Get used to it, gee. Clean up your act.

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It is very comforting to notice that the Prime Minister starts to use article 44 as a positive cleaning up instrument. A man with vision, seeing what the thai education system needs to catch up with ( for example) Singapore. Fantastic!

Posted by Kurt on April 18, 2015 11:24

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My son is bilingual and almost an expert on computers at the age of 12. Yet we walked into a brick wall while applying to have him enter a public school in Chum Phae (Issan). The entry people wanted a substantial sum of money for him to be allowed to go to 'their' school. It did not matter to them that he is intelligent and obviously a good influence on other students. No, they were only interested in the bread, not the head. Shame on them.

Posted by Sam Wilkinson on April 18, 2015 11:50

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A visionary brave progressive Prime Minister & in the best interests of Thailand the first step is the hardest this is ground breaking so expect a few tremors in the journey of the PMs endeavor some of you see it as a deckchair reshuffle at the top I have hope its lots more.

Posted by slickmelb on April 18, 2015 21:39

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A good system needs quality and continuity. Both of which are lacking in the current educational system. Unfortunately, many 'quality' people are either not interested in the low salaries, or just cannot function in a corrupted hierarchical system. Any top education system in the world has the same characteristics: in the end, you get what you pay for.

Posted by Matt on April 19, 2015 09:18

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I am not saying this as an English speaker but teaching English would be a major advantage especially with Asean integration. Geography also seems so poor, two Thais I know have no idea where Australia or the UK is? I only found out with one as there was a globe in a restaurant.

Posted by I'm far from ok on April 19, 2015 16:44

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PM Prayuth should keep on sacking people who don't want to improve education. The country's future depends on it. Thailand's people need to look out and embrace good new ideas, not be locked in forever to one way of doing things.


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