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In their quest for the best in education, parents are shelling out a lot of money, and children are showing signs of stress

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What school a person goes to seems to be somewhat of a trademark that is stamped on a person for life, especially in Thailand. People will always ask about it, and when you apply for a job, your school's name plays a role in depicting how qualified you are. To a certain extent, it also speaks of your financial status and how smart you are. 

Not surprisingly, parents try their best to get their children into top schools, and the journey becomes more and more difficult with time. From tea money and connections, to ferrying the children to endless tutoring classes, today's parents must shoulder all of them just to ensure their children have a place in their school of choice.

Ning, whose son was recently accepted into one of the leading schools in Bangkok, said that she spent years preparing her son for the entrance test.

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