All Thai schools will remain closed until at least July 1st following an announcement made by the Education Ministry.
The decision has been made as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus and will change how the curriculum is taught at all levels for the 2020 school year.
Education minister, Nataphol Teepsuwan, said that classes would be moved online for the first semester and that the ministry would prepare learning materials for online classes to help both teachers and students.
He also mentioned they would take into account the various abilities of different schools to carry out online teaching. He said:
“We have to admit that online learning cannot replace classroom learning, but it’s the best learning method in the current situation. It’s also a good opportunity for us to use the technology for learning in this digital era, so teachers can enhance their skills.”
“As for the provision of the equipment for online learning, we need to consider the suitability, the compatibility of technology today and the budget set aside for it.”
As of yet, there is no information about when online classes will begin or how the closure of schools will affect the thousands of English teachers living in Thailand.
Source: Bangkok Post