The state of education in Thailand has been thrust into the headlines by extreme measures taken by Matthayom students and their parents to try to secure places in schools that are perceived to be favoured by good universities.
The latest and most dramatic incident is the threat by the father of a Matthayom 3 student who was rejected by Bodindecha (Sing Singhaseni) School in Bangkok to set himself on fire if the school did not reconsider and accept his daughter. She was one of 57 Matthayom 3 Bodindecha students whose applications to enroll in Matthayom 4 at the school were rejected.
Somboon Charoenchantakarn, said he would immolate himself in front of Government House on Tuesday if the school's decision is not reversed. Hopefully, if the case is not resolved to Mr Somboon's satisfaction by then he will change his mind.
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