Would you buy yogurt drink from a teen selling it at an intersection because they were wearing a school uniform? Yogurt drink dealers across Isaan train teenagers who are no longer students to dress up in a school uniform to increase sales. Do people passing by tend to buy out of pity?
Thailand’s public education system is rarely held up as a success story. But its woes have become even more acute in the past decade. It faces a host of challenges: inequality, uneven funding and frequent policy changes by the Ministry of Education, and high levels of teacher debt. Guest contributor Mark S. Cogan takes a look at the challenges and the dim chances for improvement.
There has always been a distressing gap in the quality of education in Thailand. But the COVID-19 epidemic has exposed and exacerbated the digital gap in the country. In this latest piece, Mark S. Cogan highlights how the digital gap is leaving the most vulnerable behind and recommends that Bangkok make a real commitment to building a modern education infrastructure.
A victim of the pandemic, CIEE Khon Kaen, a unique exchange program for American students in Northeast Thailand, had to close its doors after 28 years. Guest contributor Weerawat Somnuek talked to the people involved with the program who hope their "people to people" education model can one day make a comeback.
Jack and Float are bicultural kids in rural Udon Thani who have been bullied in school for being different. A new curriculum is now being developed to teach cultural diversity and end the problem of bullying in school.
Bicultural children in Isaan often face bullying in school for looking different than their peers. Thichanon Chumwaengwapi, a teacher at a local school in Udon Thani's Phen district, is developing a curriculum to teach respect for cultural diversity.
The initiation rituals of freshmen students common at universities and high schools across the country not only stifle the young generation’s creativity and critical thinking, but it also breeds authoritarianism, writes student activist Phongsathon Tancharoen.
For deaf people in Thailand, access to quality education is not a given. A residential schooling system provides opportunities for educational success, at a time where some children may be falling through the cracks. Two students at the Khon Kaen School for the Deaf share their stories.
The Mekong Literature Association was established to open up space for writers and artists regardless of their political standing, ethnicity, or religion.
A small school in Nong Khai Province is setting an example in adhering to Thailand's human rights obligations seeing its Lao pupils become student leaders. But hundreds of thousands of other migrant students are left unschooled.
Today, the education system in Northeast Thailand is increasingly geared towards making money. Public schools see opportunity in capitalizing on middle class students, creating economic elitism in education by granting privileges to a small group of selected students, comments guest contributor Natchanon Ongjui.