Part of our mission is to help identify problems and look for opportunities in the Thai educational system. We therefore started conducting our own surveys. To reach out to students, teachers and parents directly, we collect all our data using social media.
In total we surveyed 766 students from all over Thailand aged between 11 and 19 years. 21% of the students went to public, 79% to private schools. Around two third of the respondents were female. Here some key our findings:
- 70% like going to school, up 3%
- 30% think that school fails to prepare them for their future, up 44%
- 45% reported that their teachers were offer good grades for “special favors”, down 13%
- 50% reported to have been hit by a teacher last year, down 10%
- 43% said their are not happy with their lives, up 53%
- 35% said they not practice speaking in English class, up 17%
Between Jan-Feb 2016, we asked 2,919 students on Facebook, aged between 13-17 years, to rate their teachers and schools. Here some key findings:
- 68% like to go to school
- 57% are sure there is corruption at their schools
- 55% say teachers scold them for asking questions
- 42% say to learn for tests, they have to memorise
- 55% say their teachers have hit them in the past year
- 38% say their math teachers offer private tutoring after class
- 52% say their teachers give extra grades for special favours
May 2014 we published a video stating some facts related to the Thai education system. At the end of the clip we asked for ideas on how to improve it. The video went viral on Facebook and YouTube and we collected over 2,000 comments from students and teachers within a few days, some of which were pages long.
We then formed a team of volunteers to classify all comments (around 80,000 words) to form a paper summarising what students and teachers think.
Our work received wide media attention on national TV and newspapers.