Teachers Day in Thailand
Teachers day in Thailand (วันครู Wan Kruu) is celebrated every year on January 16th in Thailand, it is also a school holiday. The children crawl up to the teachers on their knees, heads down, and presented them with flower tray with candles and incense (พานไหว้ครู).
A free basic education of 12 years is guaranteed by the constitution, and a minimum of 9 years’ school attendance is mandatory. In 2009 the Ministry of Education announced the extension of a free, mandatory education to 15 years.
Formal education consists of at least 12 years of basic education, and higher education. Basic education is divided into 6 years of elementary education and 6 years of secondary education, the latter being further divided into 3 years of lower- and upper-secondary levels.
The quality of education in Thailand is ranked even lower than a country that spends less in terms of its GDP. Thailand ranked at the bottom of ASEAN countries in education.
Overhaul that failed education system. Stop abusing the kids in schools. Stop the corruption and direct the money to the schools and the kids, not to overseas trips, fancy hotels and pocket money for the corrupted officials.
A few good Thai teachers really care and work hard, but they are in a tiny minority. The administrators evaluate the teachers on their paperwork, uniform, and timekeeping, while never setting foot inside a classroom to see what the teachers really do.
The teacher’s salary in Thailand starts with 15,000 baht with good benefits, but climbs enormously. It’s a job for life, that requires no demonstration of abilities or hard work. After 20 years at the job, the teacher will be making close to 50,000 baht and working less hours by assigning most of their work to the new teachers and looking forward to a big fat pension.
Education in Thailand
In 2015, a World Bank study concluded that “…one-third of 15-year-old Thais are ‘functionally illiterate'”, including almost half of those studying in rural schools. The study suggested that Thailand reform its education system partly through merging and optimizing its more than 20,000 schools nationwide.
The alternative is hiring 160,000 more teachers for up-country schools in order to match Bangkok’s teacher-student ratios. The Economist notes that, “Thailand’s dismal performance is not dramatically out of step with countries of similar incomes. But it is strange given its unusually generous spending on education, which in some years has hoovered up more than a quarter of the budget. Rote learning is common. There is a shortage of maths and science teachers, but a surfeit of physical-education instructors. Many head teachers lack the authority to hire or fire their own staff.”