Mathayom 6 students in the far South need all the help they can get to secure a seat at university, as they have to contend with violence in the region which disrupts their studies.
The students lag behind their peers from other provinces academically, in large part because of the educational disadvantage they face as a result of having to live with the threat of daily violence.
Southern students scored lower than the country's average in all eight core subjects in last year's Ordinary National Education Test (Onet). Indeed, they ranked lowest in the country.
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