Minister confirms plan to close all small schools Nearly all schools with fewer than 120 students will be merged into larger schools within five years, Education Minister Dapong Ratanasuwan confirmed on Thursday. The exemptions will be a few schools in remote areas. Source and full story: Minister confirms plan to close all small schools | Bangkok Post: news In the story too: "This would result in stronger management and better quality education". Yes for economic reasons sure, but as we know, many schools in Thailand are already quite crowded and 50 to a classroom is common. Unless they have a grand plan to build a lot more big schools (which I don't think they have that cover 15,000 odd schools going with say an average of 80 students a school afaik ...that's a lot of students eh) then bigger class sizes will be an end result. Putting the managment arguments aside, how does this give rise to a' better quality eduction'? I had the privilege of going to a small school of 45 kids aged 5 to 9 in the UK and it certainly gave me a head start and was a good education ...many of those there are gone now ....economics rules I think there and in Thailand too.