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Much ado about education

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One of the biggest worries for parents, and trust me there are many, is which school their child will end up in. When I was not yet a mother, a lot of people said, and I assumed it was a joke, that you have to start thinking about your child's school the moment you know you're pregnant. How ridiculous is that? Six or seven years ahead of time? 

In Thailand, schools are not just where people are educated, but they are status symbols, sort of like what car a person drives or what phone a person uses. Being in a more expensive, more popular school would mean your child is guaranteed to have richer, better connected friends, which would be of great help in the future.

My neighbour told me the woes of trying to get her son into a famous school. Her son had to be sent to the right kindergarten, at which she registered the day he was born, as this kindergarten is invisibly connected to a certain big-name school. Then, she had to join the said school's activities for two whole years. To top it all off, she had to fork out a million baht.

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