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Causes other than funding behind education inequality

Jan 17. 2019
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Re: World Bank urges Thailand to urgently tackle education inequality, The Nation, Jan 17

Funny. He offers no suggestions for where the money is going. I will help him. It’s systemic corruption.

He also spends 80 per cent of the article on poor schools while not mentioning the poorly performing rich ones. Chula, Thammasat, etc are all crap institutions as well, but how could he criticise the rich without getting himself into serious trouble.

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Each student receives a case of free milk from Prayut, every year. I always found that gesture very kind.


This is all about saving money, not about improving the standards.

It’s all very well to consolidate schools but no mention of the extra hardship for poor parents getting their kids to school on dangerous roads over greater distances.

They are avoiding the main problem and that is underfunding of education!

Low pay rates for teachers and a shameful lack of educational materials for schools. It has been shown that smaller class numbers are beneficial since each student gets more individual attention. In contrast larger classes allow weak students to fall behind. 


Wait for some government official to announce soon that the problem of educational inequality will be solved by the end of the month. Don’t Thais often look down on and laugh at Cambodians?

Hope they can see the table..


How amazingly uninformed of The World Bank. Their first suggestion should be that Thailand might make education compulsory to begin with.


Thailand’s education is not underfunded. The budget is very, very high. In fact it is the highest among all ministries in Thailand at Bt523 billion for 2019. And it’s one of the highest in the world, believe it or not. You can easily find it on government website page 72 (it’s in English!) The main problem still lies in corruption and failure to overhaul the education curriculum. So we are stuck in a cycle of mediocre teachers using a low-quality curriculum. By the time funding trickles down to where it’s needed the most, it’s chump change. For the past decades, no prime minister has shown devotion in trying to change that. We had a PM who thought that buying tablet PCs would make students smarter, we had one who thought that decking out a classroom with state of the art equipment would make a difference, and we have a current one who wants to keep the status quo.


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