Schools get ready to reopen

by Bangkok Post | 4 June 2020 at 10:25

The Education Ministry and schools are preparing for schools to reopen nationally after the ministry's surveys found 60-70% of students are not ready to use television as the main channel for their studies.

Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan said the ministry changed its previous plan from airing lessons via television for long distance learning as part of measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Staying sane with kids at home

by Bangkok Post | 19th April 2020 at 07:00

Social distancing as means of slowing down the spread of the new coronavirus outbreak is proving to be a real challenge to many adults -- even those who live by themselves. So what is it like to work from home with young children to take care of during this crisis?

Needless to say, the task is far more challenging to many as they find themselves struggling to cope with their own stress while attempting to take care of their kids in this unusual situation.

Mahidol, Chula cases halt classes

by Bangkok Post | 17th March 2020

Chulalongkorn and Mahidol universities, each with a confirmed case of Covid-19 infection, began suspending classes on Monday while Kasetsart University took the same action as a precautionary measure.

Chulalongkorn announced that a staff member at the university’s Faculty of Law was confirmed infected with Covid-19 on Sunday and was being treated at Ramathibodi Hospital..


Songkran parties in Chiang Mai, Hat Yai cancelled

by Bangkok Post | 11th March 2020

Two more popular Songkarn parties have been called off as the coronavirus epidemic continues to spoil the Thai New Year celebration for locals and tourists alike.

Chiang Mai Municipality on Wednesday announced the cancellation of all major activities for the Thai New Year in the northern city. The southern tourist city of Hat Yai has already called off festivities.

Don't hide travel history: Govt
Ministry approves fine to stem outbreak

by Bangkok Post | 27th February 2020

The Public Health Ministry is warning people against withholding information to public health officials and suggesting state agencies and companies issue an advisory and/or a temporary ban on visits to Covid-19 affected countries, as it steps up efforts to contain the spread of the virus.

The move comes after three members of a family who travelled to Hokkaido, Japan tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the country's total number of confirmed cases to 40. It also followed a decision by national committee on communicable diseases early this week to label Covid-19 as a "dangerous, communicable disease".

Poor grades for Thai students in PISA tests

by Bangkok Post | 4th December 2019

Thai students are consistently performing below the international average in core subjects, according to the results of the international 2018 PISA examinations.

Published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Tuesday, the results show Thai students underperforming in reading, mathematics and science compared to most countries participating in the evaluation.

Oxford Thais

by Bangkok Post | 19th November 2019

What makes Boom tick

Boom is the nickname of a young Bangkok science whizz who’s just graduated with a first class honours master’s degree in chemistry from Oxford University. This likeable and relaxed student is now starting doctoral research at another famous British institution — Cambridge University.

Getting them to read

by Bangkok Post | 26th September 2019

In fact, even toddlers who have yet to learn to speak, much less read, can benefit from books this way.

Reading isn’t just an acquired skill. It’s also an acquired habit. When children are encouraged to read for pleasure from an early age, they are far more likely to continue reading throughout their school years and beyond. Children are expert imitators and often pick up the habits of other people around them, especially their parents, siblings and classmates. That is why children of parents who read a lot will likely become avid readers themselves.

Thai English proficiency drops

by Bangkok Post | 5th November 2018

Thailand has dropped 11 spots in the proficiency rankings for non-native English speaking countries.

The kingdom is now ranked 64th among the 88 listed countries and territories in the EF English Proficiency Index 2018. This year's ranking, conducted by Switzerland-based Education First, a language school operator with branches worldwide, is based on test data from 1.3 million adults who took the EF Standard English Test (EF SET) last year.

Addicted to smartphones

by Bangkok Post | 26th September 2019

Numerous psychologists go so far as to argue that constant distractions on our smartphones are rewiring our brains while long-term smartphone use is “making us dumber.”

By the time many youngsters enter secondary school they have had several years of extensive smartphone use, which has left a marked impact on their mental development, not least in the form of shortened attention spans. Children’s and teenager’s ability to pay attention has been slackening, according to several studies.

Learning to unplug

by Bangkok Post | 26th September 2019

The problem of veritable smartphone addiction among children, teens, and young people is of grave concern to experts and educators alike - or should be. Whole new generations are growing up with their views of the world reshaped by small devices in their hands, often for the worse.

"I think we’re entering an era where different people of different ages have very different brains,” argues Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School in New York and author of The Attention Merchants. “That’s the new generation gap. And some of the advantage goes to older people [who grew up without smartphones].”

Students across Asia Pacific embrace computer sciences

By Daniel Maxwell | 4th December 2017 | Originally published by Asian Correspondent

STUDENTS are embracing coding and computer sciences in increasing numbers, with millions expected to participate in the global Hour of Code initiative taking place this week.

Over the past five years, the number of students in the Asia Pacific region who are learning to code has increased dramatically, with China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia, introducing education reforms which have placed computer science on the curriculum alongside traditional subjects, such as numeracy and literacy.

This growing interest in computer science is excellent news for economies across the region which are gearing up to compete in the fourth industrial revolution, an economic landscape which will be dominated by digital technologies, robotics, artificial intelligence and next-generation transportation.