6 Achieve universal primary education

Where are we?

A young woman takes notes at a lecture on governance.
A young Thai woman takes notes at a lecture on governance.

In due course, Thailand’s mandatory education of nine years, required by the National Education Act, will be expanded to twelve years, as envisioned by the Constitution. Having achieved near-universal primary education, Thailand is focusing on expanding secondary enrolment and upgrading the quality of education, both of which are instrumental not only for deepening human development, but also for enhancing national competitiveness.

The greatest challenge lies in improving quality.The prevailing situation indicates weakness in both skills, such as mathematics, science and English, and creative and critical thinking, which are the basis for meaningful learning for people of all ages. It is important to focus education reform on the curriculum, learning process and teacher development to achieve interactive and student-centred education. Information and communication technology (ICT) is expected to bridge the urban-rural gap and help prepare Thai students and the community to participate in a knowledge-based society. Finally, expanding learning opportunities outside the classroom and life skills development add to the quality agenda.

Educational Index

Bar Chart

1.03 years
remaining
until 2015

1990 2015
Targets for MDG2
  1. Ensure that, by 2015, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling
    • Net enrolment ratio in primary education
    • Proportion of pupils starting grade 1 who reach last grade of primary