Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is calling for the encouragement of more outdoor education activities to improve student's learning skills.
The prime minister said yesterday schools should plan outdoor activities for their students at least three days a week. This would help students develop a more varied set of skills to complement their classroom studies.
Mr Abhisit yesterday addressed a committee meeting attended by the ministers for education, public health, finance and culture. The secretary-general of the Education Council and other officials were also present.
The committee was set up to establish educational reform policies to take effect from 2009 to 2018.
The prime minister stressed the need for everyone to concentrate on their work and contribute to the education reform plan.
He said the scheme must set clear goals and must have a set of criteria to gauge its success.
The prime minister called on officials to ensure this second attempt at education reform would not repeat the mistakes made during the first round of reforms, which took place from 2000 to 2009. Mr Abhisit said the initial reform effort was a waste of time and resources.
Education Council secretary-general Thongthong Chandarangsu said the reforms were intended to improve the quality of teachers, upgrade schools and revamp the management of education in the country.
The cabinet last August endorsed education reform proposals made by a panel appointed by the Education Council.
The panel held hearings across the country to gather input from the public on the reform scheme.