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Ministry’s plan to merge schools criticised

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  1. Stamp

    Stamp Thread Starter Administrator Staff Member

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    January 02, 2017 01:00
    By CHULARAT SAENGPASSA
    THE NATION

    Ministry predicts improved quality of education, but ngo fears policy failure.
    WHILE THE Education Ministry insists its decision to merge small schools is part of a policy to reduce inequality, improve the quality of education and ensure consistent funding, the advocacy group ActionAid has voiced concerns that students may lose the opportunity to be educated and quality could suffer.

    By 2020, the ministry hopes to merge thousands of small schools that have less than 120 students each with so-called “Magnet Schools” within a six-kilometre radius.

    A few small schools were merged in the ministry’s first attempt in 2011, but the effort encountered obstacles such as parents being concerned about longer journeys, issues related to schools’ relationships with their communities and resistance from school administrators who faced losing their jobs.

    After local administrative bodies conducted public-information campaigns, the policy will resume with transferring students and shuttering 10,971 small schools over the next five years. The 2016 academic year will see 827 schools, each with 20 pupils, merged with 361 Magnet Schools.

    Office of Basic Education Commission (Obec) chief Karun Sakulpradit said merging schools would ensure proper class sizes and teachers would be available to teach every subject. He added that the merged schools would be jointly administered while students would be happier with more schoolmates.

    Small schools in mountainous areas or on islands will be excluded from the scheme.

    “The delicate matter of merging schools requires a good understanding by communities, whose cooperation is essential.

    “How the 10,971 schools’ merge will depend on communities’ preparedness. Once the merger is complete, the ministry will provide teaching materials and facilities to improve the schools’ quality,” Karun said, adding that fiscal year 2016-17 would see 702 small schools being merged with Magnet Schools.

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  2. SageAdvice

    SageAdvice Well-Known Member

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    :smiling as if...
     
  3. kiwidrew

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    I can see a lot of surplus money becoming available......
     
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