The current state of the education system in Thailand has been a hot topic. Authorities have tried to set goals and exerted effort in order to see some changes yet the current military government led by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has yet to present the necessary reforms in order to execute these changes. The problem with the education system pertains to public schools not including Bangkok international schools and private schools as they are not under the government’s management.
It was May of 2014 when the government’s power was transferred to the NCPO or National Council for Peace and Order. Their main goal during that time is to remove traces of corruption, make changes on the social institutions of the country that are starting to fail as well as to put an end to any political conflicts.
One of the main priorities mentioned is to change the education system for the better because it is a way for the government of Thailand to move forward from the current trap it is in – the middle income trap. From there, they will be able to introduce a better version of the country they have dubbed as Thailand 4.0.
It is no longer the aim of the officials to know the failures of the current educational system as these have been identified already. Based on the survey conducted by the National Institute of Development Administration back in 2015, the public fully knows that issues that are plaguing the education system. This is why they believe that, above everything else, education reforms should be introduced.
Based on the reports from both national and international assessments, they have seen the different levels of education crisis which are affected by various factors including ethnicity, province and region.
A number of international reports, such as 2018 Global Education Monitoring Report by the Unesco, have also pointed out that the academic system of Thailand is lacking. This is why the government can’t blame the expats for sending their children to Bangkok international schools because they have already seen how the education system has failed the local youths.