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Thailand – ‘downhill for our education system’

Via: Bangkok Post


It is more than a SURPRISE and QUITE a SHOCK when the results of the nationwide O-Net test, which measures students’ basic knowledge in various subjects, shows that on average Thai students fail miserably, especially in the important subjects such as English and mathematics, noted Thai Rath.

Out of a mark of 100, here is the average of each subject scored by students countrywide:

Thai language – 42.61

social studies – 46.51

English – 19.22

mathematics – 14.99

science – 30.90

physical education and health studies – 62.86

arts and crafts – 32.62

career and technology – 43.69


Thai Rath posed questions to education critic/academic Assoc Prof , Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University.

Q: As an academic on education, how do you feel about the nationwide O-Net result?

A: “The failure has been consistent for the last three years which is the period of transition from the previous education reform to the present one. . . .”


You can read the rest of the interview with Dr Sompong Chitradap, here:


April 16, 2011 - Posted by | Bangkok Post newspaper, education | , ,


  1. How do Thai school students rank amongst the rest of the world? Verses the rest of the worlds education standards. I know getting an apples to apples comparison is nearly impossible, we can still get some idea.

    The link below good for literacy rate only.

    Comment by Frost | May 31, 2011 | Reply

  2. There is little question the literacy rate in Thailand is very good.

    However, and I might well be missing it, but I don’t see many Thai people reading books -do you?

    Comment by seattle99 | May 31, 2011 | Reply

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