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New education minister and his ‘ICU strategy’

Discussion in 'Education from Thailand' started by Stamp, 5 Jan 2017.

  1. Stamp

    Stamp Thread Starter Administrator Staff Member

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    January 05, 2017 01:00
    By Suthichai Yoon
    The Nation

    Teerakiat Jareonsettasin, recently elevated from deputy to full education minister, must know he bears a huge weight of expectation to kick-start “real reform” of the country’s education system. He obviously intends to “make things happen”. But then, he doesn’t want to disappoint his many well-wishers either.

    “Please understand that I’m no superman,” he declared with a wistful smile.

    We were gathered in .............

    Top of his priority list is to help those who need help the most: Rural schools whose standards are so bad that they need to be put into “intensive care units” immediately. Out of a total 30,000 primary and high schools, about 3,000 fall in this category of needing “urgent and real help”.

    Most of these poor schools ............

    His other big mission is to raise the standards of spoken English among young Thai students. Drawing a collective sigh of relief in the audience, both online and offline, the minister declared: “I am very delighted to announce that [written] English grammar lessons have been taken off the primary curriculum.”

    New education minister and his ‘ICU strategy’

    Here we go again......:go2:go10:go
     
  2. Gor Blimey Guvnur!

    Gor Blimey Guvnur! What the duck ! Staff Member

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    I've lost count ...how many 'new education ministers' has Thailand had in the last 10 years? This in itself should be recognised as part of the problem.
     
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  3. ttompatz

    ttompatz Just another teacher

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    18 in the last decade.

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  4. SageAdvice

    SageAdvice Well-Known Member

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    "Perhaps the first big test comes with a proposal from his deputy, ML Panadda Diskul, that the title of “School Director” should revert to just “Headmaster” to reflect the true mission of a teacher"

    ...I can't think of anything more important than a title change :smiling.
     
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  5. portnoy58

    portnoy58 Well-Known Member

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    Therein lies part of the problem : no effective leadership with education being under too much political interference. Thailand would do well to try to find an education supremo and do everything in their power to enable that person to stay in post for twenty years or so that they can really shape and mould the policy direction of the system, oversee reforms and drive change.
     
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  6. Gor Blimey Guvnur!

    Gor Blimey Guvnur! What the duck ! Staff Member

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    Thx for that ttompatz, someone is keeping count.

    Incredible, and so the average tenure for a minister of education is 203 days. As Portnoy noted above, maybe not 20 years or other 'Thai style' problems may come into play but a good 5 years would help continuity and policies seen through to their active stage. At present as Stamp says " here we go again" , 203 days is just time to spout some good ideas, talk a lot, but no time for the action to make it real.
     
  7. SageAdvice

    SageAdvice Well-Known Member

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    ...well, of course not: fact-finding trips will have to form the basis of any future discussions concerning agendas and subsequent proposals...just in time for January white sales in Europe and Japan! :smiling
     
  8. Gor Blimey Guvnur!

    Gor Blimey Guvnur! What the duck ! Staff Member

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    Make that 5,000:cool

    As an ICU update (full story click link)

    No ICU School to be left behind under Thailand 4.0 policy

    http://nwnt.prd.go.th/CenterWeb/NewsEN/NewsDetail?NT01_NewsID=WNSOC6002020010045

    "Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin who visited NBT World and granted an exclusive interview to Thailand Today program said that the ICU schools project under which up to 5,000 schools have applied, compared to the originally expected 3,000 schools. ICU School signifies the bottom up approach policy"
     

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