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National Education Draft Bill Wins Cabinet Approval

28 October 2018 (Readers 448)


The Cabinet has approved in principle a national education draft bill, which is an amendment to the 1999 National Education Act and is expected to introduce major changes to the countrys education system.


The draft bill, which was approved on 24 October 2018, seeks to develop schools into education management centers. It will give state educational institutions greater independence in education management. Private educational institutions will be allowed to handle all forms of education management in accordance with the law.


The Ministry of Education was instructed to prepare requirements on the quality of education and entrust outside organizations with quality evaluation. Each province will set up an education assembly, to be joined by the public, private, civil society, and peoples sectors, in order to propose guidelines for provincial educational development.


The national education draft bill also aims to reform teacher development and production. A long-term project will be launched to develop and produce teachers in response to the demand of the country. Teachers and other education personnel will receive appropriate salaries, allowances, welfare, and benefits.


In addition, a national education policy committee, chaired by the Prime Minister, will be formed. The committee will be responsible for formulating the national education plan by taking into account security, economic, and social factors, as well as international advances in science and technology, Thailands education situation, the National Strategy, and National Reform.



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