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A mixture of passion and demand has enabled chemistry tutor Ajarn Ou to build a business out of helping students succeed

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For Thai students, the summer holidays are approaching, but that doesn’t always mean a break from the education calendar. All over the country, but especially in Bangkok, students flock to tutoring centres in the break to brush up on subjects they haven’t excelled at in regular school. 

And if you haven’t enrolled in Ajarn Ou’s chemistry course this coming March, you are already late to the game.

This chemistry teacher, whose real name is Uraiwan Sivakul, is better known around the neighbourhood than Walter White of Breaking Bad. She rocks a Liza Minnelli pixie cut, has a fan club of students waiting to speak to her after class, and has a poodle named Arthur with dyed orange ears and rainbow-coloured legs. Ajarn Ou has two biological children but all her students seem like her children.

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