Ministry preps kids ahead of new term

Ministry preps kids ahead of new term

Education Minister Treenuch Thienthong heads to a meeting to discuss preparations for the new school term. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)
Education Minister Treenuch Thienthong heads to a meeting to discuss preparations for the new school term. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)

Education Minister Treenuch Thienthong says her staff have prepared a host of activities for students ahead of the first semester of this academic year on June 1.

Ms Treenuch said the ministry had already devised various plans for May 17-31 so students can use the time wisely ahead of the new term, which was postponed to prevent the spread of the pandemic in schools.

She said the country was now in the grip of a third wave of Covid-19 and it was widely feared the situation would get worse. Her ministry didn't want children to lose any opportunities to further their studies and it was important their parents felt reassured about their well-being.

Her staff had therefore organised online courses for them to study during the 11 days before the actual opening of the semester, she said.

Ms Treenuch gave no further details about the courses but said students would be taught life skills through their real-life experiences; the ministry would be assigning advisers and teachers to organise related activities.

The minister said that when schools finally reopened on June 1, teaching would be organised through five channels: at school under strict conditions; on TV, via the DLTV education channel; on-demand, through online applications; via the internet; and through courses organised by the print media. A survey of schools had shown than most expected to arrange classes on site.

Doing the best for students during the pandemic required the ministry to work closely with private organisations and parents and make best use of the various channels available in their areas, said Ms Treenuch.

The courses would be run informally, with no assessments when they finish, but would all have to follow strict health measures, she said.

The ministry will be launching a web portal which will a learning database and provide practice activities in various fields of education. Offline courses will be organised by schools, local ministry staff and the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration to provide a wide range of courses to cater for students' interests.

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