The commitment from Thailand to adopt programmes initiated by the United Kingdom to bolster English language proficiency among Thai students and educators is now official. The highly regarded Education Minister of Thailand, Police General Permpoon Chidchob, engaged in talks with the UK’s Minister of State for the Indo-Pacific, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, to navigate the course of this educational alliance. To underscore the importance of this dialogue, the British ambassador, Mark Gooding, attended this pivotal meeting at the Ministry of Education.
The Thai Education Minister, Pol. Gen. Permpoon, displayed immense gratitude toward the British government for lending a helping hand in the development of an online learning platform designated for Thai pupils. This virtual school will be a stepping stone for Thai students, granting them access to English classes and a global pool of online knowledge resources.
Pol. Gen. Permpoon made a note of the barriers faced by economically challenged Thai students, who are confronted with limited access to quality education. He stated that the support extended from the British government has the potential to rectify this imbalance by granting equal educational opportunities to both students and teachers.
With an open and receptive mind, Pol. Gen. Permpoon expressed his willingness to assimilate the UK’s experiences and lessons from its dual approach to education – online and on-site. He stated that constructing a rich curriculum and effective textbooks based on the UK’s methods would dramatically enhance the proficiency of the English language among Thai students.
Ms Trevelyan offered her perspective on the challenges Britain faced during the pandemic, primarily related to virtual teaching. She provided insights into how they managed to collaborate across different sectors within Britain to not only enhance and digitalise school curriculum but also equip academic staff with the skills to transition to a digital work environment.
With the Thai Education Minister’s focus locked on improving English language proficiency in Thailand, Ms Trevelyan confirmed the British government’s absolute support for these initiatives. Creating an interesting synergy with these efforts was last year’s development when Thailand’s rapidly growing online homecare marketplace, SAIJAI, incorporated an English language, on-demand booking option. Greater Bangkok and Phuket are currently the pioneering areas in Thailand where customers can access a vast selection of caregivers in English.
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