School in Thailand

All schools are free in Thailand, and children attend from six years of age.

Schools have two shifts - one from 7.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and the other from 1.30 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. Students attend one of these half-day shifts on five or six days of the week, all year round.

Primary school lasts for five years, and secondary school for four years, followed by three years of high school. There is a primary school near most rural villages.

Older children from the villages travel by bus to regional secondary schools.

Students wear a school uniform. The discipline in schools is very strict. Most children learn to speak English at school.

Long ago, the only education available in Thailand was for boys, who were taught by the Buddhist monks. There was no formal education for girls in those times.

Some students go on to study at university after completing high school.

A Thai university building

The hill tribes teach their children the traditional language and ways. Usually a village elder teaches the classes.

In a Meo village, these children are learning their traditional language.

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Sydenham, S. & Thomas, R. School in Thailand [Online]

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