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Template:Education infobox[edit]

I created a template, Template:Education infobox which can give a quick at a glance demographics table for education articles. See its implementation at Education in the United States and feel free to help improve the template.--naryathegreat | (talk) 01:00, August 7, 2005 (UTC)

Should children centre become Child centered or Child centred ?

- I think it should. I didn't change much to that paragraph when I added the rest of the article. I think the original author is Thai and I admire his/her initiative in creating the article. Kudpung 18:09, 17 April 2008 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Kudpung (talkcontribs)

Education in Thailand[edit]

Well, I've had a look at it; there's a lot of information there, which was interesting for me, but there's so little in the way of inline references that it's hard to disentangle the fact from the opinion. My other worry is that it's too western-centric, with a long section on the teaching of English - much as I'm interested in it myself, it's just one subject. I'm not sure I'm in a position to add much to this one though - what we really need is someone who can process a lot of Thai-language sources. HenryFlower 11:25, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Education in Thailand[edit]

Check out Education in Thailand, to which I added the subsection Thaification and images cropped from the back of a series 14/15 100-baht bill [replaced in 2005 by series 15 (revised), which really is the 15th as BoT skipped #13].

  • The article is fairly new, and I'm not happy with it. For one, I don't see any mention of the military-style uniforms worn by government teachers (but not contract farangs.) MY teachers wore military-style uniforms with simulated military rank when I went to Gordon Military College (Barnesville GA), but it was a military college back then. Are uniformed teachers so common in Asia that it is not worthy of mention?
  • Another item I don't see is the inclusion of Isan culture, at least since the 1990s, in schools from primary level on up to Fine Arts colleges.
  • Another gaping void is any mention of the boarding schools for poor teens funded by Phra O. I know they exist only because there's one nearby.
  • Yet another, the Khun Poom fund for autistic and other learning-disabled children. I only know about because my dyslexic grandson and a neighbor's beautiful but extremely shy granddaughter received grants from it (he quit school and gave his back because reading gives him real headaches, and he was too far behind; she's going on to college). Speaking of girls: (edited)Pawyilee (talk) 14:58, 14 April 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for your comments on my Talk page. The article is fairly new, and needs to "grow up". When it does, the over-long section on English language instruction should be be to an article in its own write. Meanwhile, Patiwat has objected to the subsection on "Thaification" as being a "point of view" NOT supported by a scholarly article. He also thinks the "fair use rationale" for the images cropped from a 100 Baht note isn't adequate, but he hasn't deleted anything yet. Pawyilee (talk) 11:14, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

Gaping Voids[edit]

You're probably not the only one that's not happy with it, but now it is an article in proper English instead of the admirable but very short stub there was before. Wikipedians can only contribute what they know. Other editors are heartily encouraged to expand. If it's in context and concerns the general overview of education in the country, certainly the special schools if they contribute on a significant scale to education in general, it would certainly help to expand the article. The fact that the teachers wear uniform may not be of encyclopedic value. In Thailand almost all civil servants of lower rank wear uniforms with fake medal ribbons, until they reach a rank where they can dispense with uniforms altogether.Kudpung (talk) 20:34, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

I'd be careful about saying the medals are fake, people who wear them can be touchy about that. That being said, my gaping void comments come from my own gaping ignorance. If you've been to my user page, then you know I'm no scholar. I contributed the Thaification paragraph, but won't cry if some other editor deletes it. I'll just be watching the article without making further edits. Pawyilee (talk) 10:08, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

English Language in Thai Education[edit]

It is a long section, but it just happens to be something the author knows a little bit about. It's certainly a part of education in Thailand - a major one too - you don't get into college without it. Maybe some suggestions on how to better place it in the article would be welcome, as would also some contributions on the other subjects that are taught.Kudpung (talk) 20:34, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

Images available[edit]

These image were deleted by Wikipedia, so I have deleted their placeholders.

Spam Attacks and Vandalism[edit]

Mid May through mid June 08 this page came under some spam attacks and under some totally irrelevant additions by an obvious non-native English writer. In an encyclopedia, IHMO, in articles about education we need to be especially vigilant to avoid such anonymous drivel creeping in and maybe get the IP numbers banned. Thanks go to Pawyilee for pointing out and trying to combat some of the problems. It's nice to know that there are people who are watching and who care :-)Kudpung (talk) 21:52, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

Age groups[edit]

The current version of the article compares the Thai system to the U.S.A. grading system. This is not a very useful way of informing an international readership. It would be better to replace all grade references to corresponding age groups. −Woodstone (talk) 14:00, 15 July 2008 (UTC)

and a minimum of nine years' school attendance is mandatory.[edit]

Note that the statement "and a minimum of nine years' school attendance is mandatory." would be more useful to a reader if it said, "and a minimum of nine years' school attendance is mandatory by law, but rarely if ever enforced." A very large segment of workers have attended less than 6 years or even 4 years of education. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Tsbrownie (talkcontribs) 06:36, 2 December 2008 (UTC)

I find that rather irrelevant, since the nine-year requirement did not exist then. The time of four years' mandatory schooling was long ago, and a more direct parameter would better reflect the current state of school attendance. --Paul_012 (talk) 12:52, 2 December 2008 (UTC)


There has been more vandalism to the article, particularly obscenities. As this is an article about Education, let's all conrinue to be vigilant and edit such stuff out.

-Having just returned from a two-week visit to Thailand and having had discussions with many people at all social levels, including a school director, I wonder why there is no mention of the numbers of people in Thailand with no more than 4th grade education (even young people), and the requirements for parents to pay for transportation and school supplies for students (often prohibitive for the poor, especially in rural areas). A formal requirement for 9 years of schooling is a good start, but what are the statistics on the extent to which this is realized? In Thailand I saw many children of school age working; in a visit to neighboring Laos, every school-age child I saw was in uniform on the way to or from or at school. Personally, I do not care how well they are learning English (although I heard this concern over and over), since in a few years Mandarin may be much more economically advantageous. But if there is not a requirement for and free access to world-class science and math education, the long term economic consequences could be disastrous. Pretending these are widely available, when in fact they are not, will not help.


Let's be sure that any additions are relevant, do not duplicate information provided in other paragraphs, and are written in acceptable English Kudpung (talk) 11:17, 19 January 2009 (UTC)style for the encyclopedia.


The scope of this article covers the past and present situation of education in Thailand adequately for an encyclopedia entry. A message has been left on Pauls's talk page requesting that he reassess this article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Kudpung (talkcontribs) 06:59, 20 January 2009 (UTC)

I have edited a small part of the article (the lead); you might want to ask a third opinion for a more neutral view. Anyway, upon re-inspection, I believe the article is developed enough for C-class, but still has issues that preventing it from meeting B-class requirements. The article structure still needs improvement; the overview & history section is quite a mess and hard to follow, content is duplicated between sections, and items of little relevance are still prevalent. I haven't read through the article carefully yet, but the somewhat haphazard arrangement of content prevents one from capturing the full picture. The article is still inadequately sourced, and a lot more could be said about the content of the current and past national curricula and the issues regarding education quality (shortage of quality teachers, problems with rote-learning, high demand for cram schooling, over-competitiveness of university entrance exams, difficulty implementing the new national curriculum and child-centred learning, the controversial and hectic introduction of the CUAS, etc). I don't usually work on education articles, but seeing as the Education WikiProject doesn't seem to be very active, I'm taking the liberty to assess for both WikiProjects. --Paul_012 (talk) 12:25, 20 January 2009 (UTC)


Paywilee's 'Thaification' contribution may not be perfectly at home here. It is certainly more destined for inclusion in a more general Thailand article, or in the Thaification article itself, leaving a link to it on this Education pageKudpung (talk) 07:54, 20 January 2009 (UTC)

Pawyilee agrees. Perhaps the paragraph name and its main article should be changed to Socialization, keep the images of the backs of Series 14 and 15 bank notes with the quote from Rama V. Also needed, especially in light of the backlash against representative democracy, is that practically every administration since has maintained that raising levels of education was the only road to democratization. Somewhere it needs to be noted that many, if not mostm people against dimocracy in Thailand were educated abroad or in Westernized universities in Bangkok, and have become, or support, a Western-style colonial administration in Thailand. I would say, thanks to the level of education in Thailand, Thaification has been a success in every region but the Deep South--and the Bangkok elite refuse to admit it. That is, I would say it if I were a scholar of sufficient stature to get a peer-reviewed article published. A book on the subject would be monumental in size, as it would have to encompass all age and societies since formal education came about, and was either denied to common people to keep them in their place, or offered to them only to have the formally elite lose theirs. Pawyilee (talk) 08:34, 23 January 2009 (UTC)


Thanks, Kudpung, for the invitation to comment. The bulk of the article looks good to me, with the exception, already noted, of a lack of citations.

I do have problems with two sections: firstly the section on Teacher development and associated problems. A minor point: the use of quotations looks very odd - they aren't integrated into the text, but seem to run parallel to it. More importantly, a lot of this section is not just unsupported by citations, it expresses what can only ever be personal opinions. Some of them seem odd opinions at that (does students doing a crossword puzzle really "expose their teachers to the embarrassment of losing face"?).

Secondly the section on Native speaker teachers. Much of this looks like comments from a forum for teachers who enjoy nothing more that to air their gripes to one another; I don't think it's something that belongs in an encyclopedia article beyond the bare facts and any interpretations and comments which have been published at least in newspapers or articles.

Apart from these sections, though, the article's coming on very well.

HenryFlower 16:46, 18 February 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for you excellent advice Henry. I have edited just a few things that could be considered POV, and deleted some non-encyclopedic information. It's not enough, I know, but time is not on my side. I would welcome the efforts of any contributors to improve the article.Kudpung (talk) 14:03, 19 February 2009 (UTC)

Duplicate entries[edit]

Subject heading School system has this paragraph:

Village and sub-district schools usually provide pre-school kindergarten (anuban) and elementary classes, while in the district towns, schools will serve their areas with comprehensive schools with all the classes from kindergarten to age 14, and separate secondary schools for ages 11 through 17.

Subject heading Organisation/Infrastructure has two paragraphs beginning:

Almost all villages have a primary school....

--Pawyilee (talk) 01:37, 24 March 2010 (UTC)

The article has a PDF copy on the internet[edit]

I noted much of this article is identical to a PDF made of PPTs, available at

- wonder if the author has used the same text for both uses? Is this a problem? (talk) 08:46, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

I can assure everyone here that the Wikipedia text existed well before this PDF. Our content is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; there's nothing much we can do if someone else uses it.--Kudpung (talk) 10:30, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

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