A report from the Bangkok post indicating some action is to be taken on what I personally see as a pressing matter that has long been ignored. However, concrete action is better than just more words... I hope they get serious about this ... I live in hope. Struggling students to receive help | Bangkok Post: news I'm sure many of you teachers out there, including myself have had many students with difficulties of one or another. My own experience in trying to 'educate' these children is from a laymans point of view and only what I have educated myself in trying to understand these problems. No, I am not a special needs teacher, thus I am not qualified to assess a child correctly with a learning disability nor be able to offer an appropriate course of action. Indeed I think there is no such Thai teacher in my entire school either. "Initial screening and ongoing monitoring of pupils' performance is important for being able to detect problems quickly. If we are not actively looking for them, we may miss opportunities to intervene early," Mr. Dapong said." Good, but who can do this in a school with no qualified special needs teachers/administrators? A couple of paragraphs later asking teachers 'to look out' for problems ... so a layman decides? However, it is also indicated that a 'test' may be set up for teachers in how to assess, though little detail is offered as to how teachers would become educated in this respect. "In some cases, an evaluation may include a medical exam, a family history discussion, and intellectual and school performance testing" Ouch ! I know from some of my co-workers that trying to tell a parent that there is a problem with their child leads to big time 'loss of face' in quite a few cases ....thus many teachers avoid such potential conflict. I'm not saying it's right to 'avoid' but it is a reality nonetheless. "However, students with severe disabilities may need to be taught in separate educational programmes designed to meet their needs." Yes, and I agree if the diagnosis is a 'severe' condition. However, in my town afaik there is not a single special needs school and afaik neither a dedicated special needs unit in any existing Prathom school (unsure about Matayom schools though). So where do they go? It is promised though that 'increased funding' will appear for the next academic year. Let's see and I do hope the powers continue down this road and turn these words into action along with educating teachers properly in schools in how to assess conditions and how to take or refer appropriate action for the individual student.