More than half of HK students spent more time gaming during pandemic

by Bangkok Post | 16 May 2021 at 18:08 (Photo by South China Morning Post)

HONG KONG: More than half of Hong Kong students have said they are spending more time playing video games during the Covid-19 pandemic, a new survey has found, much to some parents' chagrin.

Hong Kong Christian Service, which conducted the poll of more than 2,000 primary and secondary school students, found that young people were turning to gaming to relieve stress and keep in touch with friends after months of isolation under social-distancing rules.

51 more Covid infections found in Songkhla

by Bangkok Post | 25 April 2021 at 16:43 (Photo by Assawin Pakkawan)

SONGKHLA: Fifty-one new Covid-19 infections, four of them imported from Malaysia, were found in this southern border province on Sunday, increasing the provincial tally to 454, according to a press release from the provincial health office.

Of the accumulated total, one died, 10 have recovered and 443 are still being treated in hospital.

63-year-old skates her way to cancer recovery

by Bangkok Post | 28 September 2020 at 18:22 (Photo by Bangkok Post)

Cruising on an empty Bangkok highway, 63-year-old Nongluck Chairuettichai -- the oldest member of Thailand's longboard national team -- says taking up the sport set her on the road to recovery from breast cancer.

Diagnosed a decade ago, Ms Nongluck -- who goes by the nickname Jeab -- had surgery and chemotherapy, her body withering to skin and bones.

Covid hinders education again

by Bangkok Post | 4 January 2021 at 04:44 (Photo by Apichart Jinakul)

A return to online learning, forced by recent coronavirus case spikes in several provinces, is detrimental for both teachers and students.

2021 is a challenging year for the Education Ministry to provide quality teaching and solve issues concerning the system. First of all, a resurgence of Covid-19 infections has already forced many schools to move back to distance learning once again -- whether they are ready or not.

English gets push as fluency falters

by Bangkok Post | 28 November 2020 at 05:00

The Education Ministry is planning to launch an intensive English programme requiring all students in public schools to study English for five hours a week to improve national levels of proficiency.

The ministry also plans to introduce bilingual programmes in about 2,000 schools nationwide to boost the English skills of Thai students outside Bangkok.

Schools get ready to reopen

by Bangkok Post | 4 June 2020 at 10:25 (Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)

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 (Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya)

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 (Bangkok Post file photo)

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 (Photo by Nutthawat Wicheanbut)

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 (Bangkok Post file photo)

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 (Photo by Ittidet Trongtorsak)

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].”