679 schools fail basic education test
At least 600 of more than 4,500 schools seeking to be included on a school standard enhancement programme provide poor education quality, according to the Office of the Basic Education Commission, which is introducing the scheme. A total of 679 schools do not meet the standards, Obec secretary general Karoon Sakulpradit said on January 25. They were among 4,518 schools nationwide screened by the agency for the so-called Intensive Care Unit project which aims to help schools that need urgent quality development. Of the 4,518 schools seeking to go through the programme, 679 have poor education quality, 2,490 lack school buildings or teaching materials due to insufficient budgets, 1,040 have teacher shortages, 103 have management problems, while the rest are experiencing various other issues.