Science teachers from about 10,000 primary schools nationwide will undergo additional training for the next academic year to help build their knowledge base.
Chinnapat Bhumirat, secretary-general of the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec), who oversees the training project, said Obec had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on science teaching training cooperation with Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University under Royal Patronage.
Mr Chinnapat said that under the MoU, the university would help Obec design a course to develop the science-teaching capabilities of primary teachers, many of whom are forced to teach all science-related subjects.
"From several assessments of students' academic achievements, their scores in science subjects are low because of a lack of teacher expertise," he said.
Some primary school teachers were being asked to teach science even though they did not have a science degree. These teachers lack sufficient knowledge to deliver the curriculum and have no confidence teaching the subject, he said.
Mr Chinnapat said the training would boost science teachers' confidence and also allow students to engage in more hands-on science learning, rather than reading only from textbooks.
He hoped the training would boost primary students' academic achievement in science.
Besides improving teaching, science learning tools would be provided to schools in need, he said.
Obec has also agreed with a proposal by the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology to establish a science, technology, engineering and mathematics centre to promote the teaching and learning of these four subjects. Science learning tools would be available at the centres for interested teachers and students, he said.
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