Teachers of the Thai language in Nakhon Si Thammarat have been forced to take a test to assess their knowledge of Thai.
Nakhon Si Thammarat is located to the north of Bangkok. The Thai language tests were designed by the Office of Basic Education Commission (Obec) after particularly poor results were recorded in the province. However, many of the teachers say that this is not their fault as they were only standing in as Thai teachers.
“We will stage a protest so that the top education officials look back on their policies too,” one of the angry teachers told The Nation. “We major in other subjects but due to the shortage of teaching staff, the Education Ministry has required us to teach the Thai language. It’s unfair to pass the blame on to teachers alone. Why doesn’t Obec assign teachers to teach subjects they have been well versed in? Testing the teachers’ knowledge in a subject they are not good at is not the right solution.”
This teacher has taught Thai in the southern province for years. She and colleagues teaching the same subject were forced to take the test designed to assess their knowledge of Thai.
However, the Office of Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Educational Service Area 2 has admitted that 4% of the students in the province cannot read or write, which is exceptionally low and needs to be dealt with.