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Micro-school 'shows need for reforms'

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A group of parents dissatisfied with the quality of public education in Surat Thani have set up a micro-school.

An expert said the school reflects the urgent need to reform the education system.

Sixteen families have taken their children out of school to enrol them at Little Unicorn House, a micro-school where students learn together in a shared space with only a tutor and/or a parent to supervise and assist the class.

Niwat Hoteakim, adviser to the Youth Creative Group behind the school, said Little Unicorn House has 19 students.

On his Facebook page, Mr Niwat said the school was founded by a group of parents who believe their duty is to educate their children, along with the schooling system.


Parents do not worry about accreditation at the Little Unicorn House, as they are assured that teaching instructions are given out only by those devoted to their children's education.

Mr Niwat said the school's students learn by engaging in projects and activities based on their interests.

Little Unicorn House, he said, does not consider national education standards relevant to the needs of children, so it seeks to develop a curriculum that inspires passion and learning by focusing on real-world knowledge.

Sompong Jitradub, a lecturer at Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Education, said the concept of micro-schooling has taken off in many developed countries, where many complain about the quality of public schooling but can't afford the cost of private education.

"These parents sought a way to personalise their children's education, so I'm not surprised the concept has been taken up by Thai parents," he said.

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accreditation (noun): official approval given by an organization stating that somebody/something has achieved a required standard - การรับรอง

complain : to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/something - บ่น, ร้องทุกข์

concept : a principle or idea - ความคิด

devote to : to give most of your time, energy, attention, etc. to somebody/something - มอบให้,อุทิศ,ยกให้

duty : something that you have to do because it is part of your job, or something that you feel is the right thing to do - หน้าที่, ภารกิจ, ความรับผิดชอบ

micro (adj.): very small -

passion : a strong enthusiasm or interest - ความชื่นชม หลงใหล 

reform (verb): to improve a system, an organisation, a law, etc. by making changes to it - แก้ไข, ปรับปรุง,

relevant : directly connected and important to what is being discussed or considered - ที่เกี่ยวข้อง

supervise : to be in charge of an activity and to check that everything is being done correctly - ดูแล ควบคุม


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