Thailand pushing to become ASEAN’s Education Hub


Thailand is is pushing for developing Thailand as an education hub in this region.

It is currently eyeing to establish an ASEAN Coordinating Center for Education, a decision  made at the recent meeting of the Ministry of Education’s Committee to Prepare for the ASEAN Community and Operations After 2015.

Deputy Education Minister General Surachet Chaiwong said in a news release that the center will act as a coordinating agency to translate the ASEAN policy on education into action at the regional level.

It will also serve as a source of information and a study center for exchange programs and training in order to enhance the capabilities of the people.

The Office of the Basic Education Commission has also  been assigned to increase the number of special classrooms in various schools, so that more Thai students, as well as those from other ASEAN countries, would be admitted to the international program.

Since 2010, the international program has been taught in 14 pilot schools it is expected that from the 2016 academic year onwards, more secondary schools will open special classrooms for the international program.

The target is at least two schools in each province to develop the international curriculum.

Meanwhile, Secretary-General of the Office of the Vocational Education Commission Chaiprug Sereerak said that Thailand and other ASEAN countries are joining hands in developing vocational education in order to produce more skilled workers for the regional labor market.