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Obec to test teachers in maths, science

Discussion in 'Education from Thailand' started by Stamp, 7 Nov 2016.

  1. Stamp

    Stamp Thread Starter Administrator Staff Member

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    Ministry moves to improve training on job after poor OECD rating

    • 7 Nov 2016 at 07:23
    About 20,000 maths and science teachers of students in Matthayom 1-3 (Grades 7-9) nationwide will be required to take online aptitude exams in April next year to test their proficiency in these subjects.

    The move is part of the Education Ministry's effort to improve the quality of teachers in STEM-related subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) as it believes some teachers in these fields may not know enough about their subjects to educate their students properly.

    The exam will be organised by the ????????????????????????????????????

    Internationally, Thai students' performance in these subjects is poorer than in other Asian countries, according to the latest Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Programme for International Assessment results based on the performance of 15-year-olds in maths and science tests.

    In the 76-nation ranking, Thailand was placed 47th, far lower than other Asian countries. Singapore emerged as best in the world followed by Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, while Vietnam also did well placing 12th in the league table.

    Domestically, the results of the 2015 Ordinary National Education Test (O-Net), which measures students' basic knowledge in five key subjects also showed that Mathematics and Science were Thai students' least favourite subjects with average scores of 26.59 and 33.4 respectively out of a maximum score of 100.

    Read the full article here: Obec to test teachers in maths, science | Bangkok Post: news
     
  2. bahn_farang

    bahn_farang Well-Known Member

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    The teachers are working themselves into a tizzy about this one. Goes without saying subject knowledge is critical but a rather large question mark as to the mechanics. Are the teachers to be proctored? Will it be a joint sit round a table exercise?

    Also, they are testing the teachers subject knowledge but there, I believe, is not a direct correlation between subject knowledge and student development. I guess they have to start somewhere but I remain sceptical.

    How about cutting the class sizes from 50 kids followed by the death of rote learning, mix in a sprinkle of no garenteed passing of the tests then we may see how the kingdom develops. But an educated lower and lower middle class, what benefits to the ruling elite? Where to get the factory workers then?
     
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  3. ttompatz

    ttompatz Just another teacher

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    Open your books to page 112.
    See problem #3 on that page.
    Copy my solution from the whiteboard to your notebook.
    Now do the same for problem #4.

    Check books to ensure that copying has been carried out.
    Finished for the day.
    Learning accomplished
    Class dismissed.

    This initiative is one more case of the blind leading the deaf down the road to destruction.

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  4. portnoy58

    portnoy58 Well-Known Member

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    In all fairness Thailand does not monopolise poor Maths and Science teaching. This is a global phenomenon and has attracted academic comment since way back when.
     

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