THAILAND: The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society has partnered with the Ministry of Education to organize free internet access to support online distance learning for Thai students during the pandemic.
A five-year-old kindergarten student takes an online course at home. Photo: Bangkok Post.
The Minister of Digital Economy and Society, Chaiwut Thanakhamanusorn, together with the Ministry of Education, said yesterday (May 17) that the ministry will provide a free and unlimited internet plan, powered by major mobile operators and Internet of Thailand, including AIS, True, Dtac and the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, to help students take their studies online
Mr. Chaiwut added that the ministry will also equip as many schools as possible with fiber optic broadband to facilitate the broadcasting of conferences and seminars.
The two ministries will also set up a joint committee to manage online education, and the education ministry has already started working on a four-point strategy to minimize the impact on children.
Where possible, on-site teaching will continue under strict arrangements, live education via television broadcasts is being prepared, the availability of on-demand learning materials is increased, as is production. and the distribution of textbooks and other materials for students to use. at home.
The Ministry of Education will investigate the number of students needing online lessons, while the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society will open 30 community digital centers to be used as smart classrooms in communities across the country.
Meanwhile, Education Minister Treenuch Thienthong said the Basic Education Commission Office will hold entrance exams for Mathayom 1 and 4 students from May 22 to 23.
Students, teachers and parents will need to follow the relevant sanitation instructions at each site and all testing will need to be completed each day during a 9am to 12pm window.