The Thai Ministry of Education (M.o.E.) has just awarded UEC the license to teach beginner, intermediate and advanced level Thai language courses for foreigners in the UEC Silom, Bangkok facilities.

UEC will start offering Thai language courses by the end of July of 2011. This additional license provides UEC course graduates and new enrollees with a whole array of exciting and new education opportunities. The Thai language course quality will follow the same high standard as all other UEC education programs.

Education in Thailand

Education in Thailand can be said to have begun in the 13th century when Sukhothai was Thailand’s capital. In 1283, one of Sukhothai’s kings, Ramkamhaeng the Great created the first Thai alphabet, using as its basis the Mon and Khmer scripts which had, in turn, been derived from a South Indian script. He employed for the first time the new alphabet in his stone inscription of 1292 at Sukhothai.

History of Education in Thailand

History of Education in Thailand

Although undergone extensive changes, parts of the original alphabet are still in use. The Sukhothai stone inscriptions recorded aspects of education in moral, intellectual and cultural terms. Throughout the Kingdom of Sukhothai, two levels of education existed:

  • Education provided by the Royal Institution of Instruction (Rajabundit) to princes and sons of nobles.
  • Education provided by the Buddhist monks to commoners.

In 1977, Thailand’s educational system was changed from a 4-3-3-2 structure to a 6-3-3 system wherein six years of compulsory primary education is followed by three years of lower secondary school and by another three years of upper secondary schooling, which is still in use nowadays.

From the year 1977 right through to the present day, it can accurately be said that all of the efforts made by the Ministry of Education have been geared towards one direction, which is to provide educational services as a means for a better quality of life and society.

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