Exam results to come early
Results in the fourth round of exams under the Thai University Central Admission System (TCAS) will be announced earlier next year to allow time for unsuccessful candidates to apply for the next round, according to the Council of University Presidents of Thailand (CUPT).
Peerapong Triyacharoen, assistant secretary-general of the CUPT, said the results would come a day or two earlier so that candidates who fail the nationwide university entrance exam can join the fifth round of tests organised by individual universities.
Mr Peerapong added the application system has been revamped so that successful applicants in the fourth round are required to confirm their placements.
The CUPT said the successful candidates must take their seats in the fourth round and not be given a chance to "shop around" by also sitting the fifth-round exams in the hope of securing places at better faculties.
"We want to reserve the fifth round exclusively for people who still haven't won a place at any university and want to compete in the test," he said.
The CUPT said that each year thousands of applicants forfeited their seats in the fourth round and went on to compete in the fifth round simply because they were not satisfied with the faculties or the universities they had landed.
"They are in fact unfairly competing for opportunities which should be extended to other applicants who have yet to pick up any placement," he said.
The CUPT assistant secretary-general insisted the changed schedule for fourth-round exams will not disrupt other rounds of the TCAS.