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Govt's new curriculum "almost finished"

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Govt's new curriculum "almost finished"

Next year, some Thai students will be getting more than new tablets. They will be trying out a whole new curriculum.

The Education Ministry's work on reforming the national school curriculum is almost finished, Pawit Thongroj, an adviser to the minister says.

The curriculum overhaul has been a priority for Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Phongthep Thepkanchana and was moved ahead by the curriculum reform committee chaired by Mr Pawit.

He said the reform included reviewing the best education practices from several countries, including Finland.

"The curriculum overhaul is now about 80% complete," Mr Pawit said. "The overhaul focuses on more appropriate content based on students' age and brain development."

Initially, only about 3,000 schools, or 10% of the nationwide total will be involved. The new curriculum will be implemented at the start of the 2014 academic year for Prathom 1, Prathom 4, Mathayom 1 and Mathayom 4 classes.

Content for Prathom 1 and 2 students (Grades 1 and 2) will mainly focus on three subjects – maths, Thai and English – while older students will study more subjects in more detail.

In addition, Mr Pawit said the new curriculum will encourage students to learn more outside the classroom by themselves, beyond what they learn from their teachers.

In Finland, teachers spend more time focused on research-based learning for their students, he said.

Beginning at the kindergarten level, students are encouraged to come up with their own questions as a way to search for the answers.

Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post by Lamphai Intathep.

brand-new – very new and in very good condition ใหม่เอี่ยม
curriculum – the group of subjects studied in a school, college, etc หลักสูตร
reform – a change that is intended to correct a situation that is wrong or unfair การแก้ไข การปฏิรูป
adviser – a person who gives advice, especially somebody who knows a lot about a particular subject ที่ปรึกษา
overhaul – to improve something so that every part of it works properly ปรับปรุงใหม่
priority – something important that must be done first or which needs more attention than something else การมาก่อน
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
chair – to be the person in charge of a meeting, committee, or company ดำรงตำแหน่งประธาน, ทำหน้าที่ในฐานะประธาน
review – to carefully examine or consider something ตรวจสอบ
practice – a way of doing something การปฏิบัติ
appropriate – suitable or right for a particular situation or purpose  ที่เหมาะสม
content – the subject, ideas, or story that a piece of writing or a radio or television programme deals with เนื้อหา,สาระ
brain – the organ inside the head that controls movement, thought, memory and feeling  สมอง
development – the gradual growth of something so that it becomes more advanced, stronger, etc การพัฒนา
initially – at first ในเบื้องต้น
nationwide – throughout a whole country  ทั่วทั้งประเทศ
involved – taking part or having a role in something เกี่ยวข้อง
implement – to make something such as an idea, plan, system or law start to work and be used นำแผนหรือนโยบายมาปฏิบัติ, นำมาใช้
academic year – school year ปีการศึกษา
in detail – in a very thorough way and with careful attention to facts  อย่างพิถีพิถัน
encourage – to make someone more likely to do something, or to make something more likely to happen ปลุกใจ
research – a careful study of a subject, especially in order to discover new facts or information about it การวิจัย
kindergarten – a school for children, usually between the ages of two and five โรงเรียนอนุบาล
level – a position or rank in a scale of size or importance ระดับ

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