Minister wants younger students back in schools

Minister wants younger students back in schools

A young pupil studies online
A young pupil studies online

The Ministry of Education will ask the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration to allow kindergarten and primary schools to open again on Feb 1.

Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan said that online learning was not adequate.

He said he was well aware of the effects of Covid-19 on educational inequality and was worried that children who learned online might have too much free time.

The minister said he had therefore instructed the Office of the Basic Education Commission to make sure that year-end exams are able to go ahead whatever the situation.

However, the Ordinary National Educational Test exam for Prathom 6 and Mathayom 3 students remains cancelled.

Mr Nataphol proposed that schools should open for kindergarten and primary school students, saying this group needs more classroom study.

All schools in the worst-hit 28 provinces across the country have been ordered by the ministry to close until Jan 31.

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  • adequate: good enough or large enough for a particular purpose - พอเพียง
  • cancellation: a decision to stop something that has been arranged from taking place - การยกเลิก
  • inequality: a situation in which people are not equal because some groups have more opportunities, power, money etc than others - ความไม่เสมอภาค
  • Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) (noun): a Thai government agency, founded in 2003. Its responsibilities include the management of education from primary school until high school - สำนักงานคณะกรรมการการศึกษาขั้นพื้นฐาน
  • propose: to suggest an idea for a group to consider - เสนอ
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