It seems that efforts are currently being undertaken to enrich young Thai minds. In recent studies it has been discovered that in order for Thailand to get ahead in the modern world, the Thai education system needs to expand its school curriculums to include more up to date pedagogies. The road to Education reform can be a long one, but with the potential for new systems to be put in place, Thailand now has a chance to move forward at a quicker and more beneficial pace.
In recent years, countries all around the world have modified their curriculums in order to keep up with the growing demands of globalization. Here in South East Asia, Vietnam has shown vast improvements with its education system and now it seems that Thailand has a chance to also lead the way. One path that many national school systems are choosing is the International Baccalaureate (IB). Presently, the IB program is being used by International schools in and around Bangkok but in other parts of the world it is also used in State school systems.
The International Baccalaureate has been in Thailand since the 1980’s but it wasn’t until 1991 that Thai children were permitted to enroll in International schools. Since then, privileged Thai students have been able to take advantage of IB programs but students from poorer backgrounds have missed out. If Thailand chooses to make the IB available to all Thai students, the country will surely benefit from the move.
In other areas, improvements are already underway. Before the beginning of the 2015 Thai school year, efforts were made to improve English language classes in Thailand through propositions for alignment with the Common European Framework of References for languages (CEFR). For 20 years the CEFR has been popular in Europe and other areas around the world. This proposal was a positive step towards the improvement of the Thai Education system, a step that will hopefully be one of many.