Education in Thailand
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Education in Thailand

An OECD-UNESCO Perspective

Thailand’s education system stands at a crossroads. Significant investment has widened access to education and the country performs relatively well in international assessments compared with its peers. But the benefits have not been universally distributed and Thailand has not received the return on its spending on education that it might have expected. This report encourages Thailand to focus on four priority areas to prepare students from all backgrounds for a fast-changing world. The first is to set clear, common standards for all students through a revised and improved curriculum. The second priority is to build capacity to reliably assess students across the full range of competencies needed for success in life and in learning. Third, Thailand needs to develop a holistic strategy to prepare teachers and school leaders to deliver education reform, including implementing the revised curriculum, and to tackle teaching shortages in the most deprived areas. The final challenge is to create a comprehensive information and communications technology strategy to equip all Thailand’s schools, teachers and students for the 21st century.

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Over the past several decades, Thailand has moved away from a largely agrarian society, and become a middle-income nation with a relatively diversified economy. Education played an important role in this transformation. In recent years, Thailand has made sweeping reforms to its education system, notably with the 1999 National Education Act, in an effort to adapt to domestic and global changes and to support sustained economic growth. The country has also invested a comparatively large proportion of its national wealth in primary education, resulting in near universal access at that level.

 
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