If you’ve always dreamed about living in Thailand, you may want to sit up and take notice of this announcement from the government reported in today’s Bangkok Post:
English to be made 2nd language in schools
* Published: 7/10/2010 at 06:50 PM
* Online news: Local News
The Education Ministry plans to declare English the second language for teaching and learning in schools with an aim to enable Thai people of the new generation to communicate with other people in Asean and world communities in English, Chinaworn Boonyakiat said on Thursday.
The education minister said he had discussed this matter with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij.
A plan to develop learning and teaching in English is being drafted by the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC), he said.
Mr Chinaworn said in order to successfully carry out the plan it is necessary to have foreign teachers from countries using English as the mother language for all schools for Mathayom 4-6 level (Grades 10-12).
Schools for Mathayom 1-3 level (Grade 7-9) should at least have Thai teachers majoring in English.
Elementary schools should also have more English teachers, he said.
“After having enough foreign teachers and Thai teachers majoring in English, schools will then be able to arrange an English programme,” he said.
Mr Chinaworn said the OBEC will decide how many foreign teachers are needed, the Finance Ministry will be asked to provide budgetary support, and the Foreign Ministry will be asked to help recruit foreign teachers.
“We have eyed American teachers who are retired under an early retirement programme,” he said.
Mr Chinaworn said the ministry has tentatively set Oct 22 to declare English second language in schools.