Thailand cuts class time in more than 4,000 schools

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From Monday, November 2 students at over 4,000 schools across Thailand will find their classroom study time reduced by two hours per day as part of a government initiative to improve education standards.

The scheme, which was initially announced in August by Education Minister Dapong Rattanasuwa, is being introduced because many educators and academics believe Thai students’ overloaded study schedules are detrimental to their learning. Traditionally Thai students have studied between 1,000 and 1,200 hours per year, considerably more than students in North America, Europe, and Japan. This new initiative will reduce the hours of classroom learning to 840 hours per year, far closer to the 800 hours per year recommended by UNESCO.

Students enrolled at schools participating in the pilot will study core subjects (Math, Science, Thai, English) between 8am and 2pm. After 2pm the students will then have the opportunity to participate in a range of extracurricular activities such as Art, Music, Dance and PE.

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