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Offline thaiga

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BANGKOK: -- New Education Minister Suchart Tadathamrongvech sees teachers as service providers in the education industry who should be subjected to performance appraisals by their students. "As 'customers', children should be allowed to assess teachers' performances.

The performance scores will count for pay raises and academic promotions," Suchart recently told Nation Multimedia Group.

The scores given by students should account for 70-80 per cent of a teacher's evaluation and the rest by the scores from school directors, he said.

Suchart counts himself as a real expert in the education field. When it comes to policymaking, he does not have to consult research findings.

"No need. I myself am a professor." Just like his predecessor, Woravat Auapinyakul, Suchart has come up with many new ideas. While Woravat initiated the English Speaking Year campaign, the new minister would also give priority to Mandarin.

With assistance from the Thai-Chinese Culture and Economy Association, the Education Ministry was calling on China to send 5,000 instructors to teach Mandarin at Thai schools.

According to the association, China was interested in supporting the programme and willing to provide some financial aid. China has offered to help Thailand create suitable Chinese language courses, hold youth camps for the teaching of Mandarin, organise Chinese language contests in Thailand and even launch a "sister school" project among Thai and Chinese academic institutions.

Suchart is scheduled to visit China to clinch a bilateral agreement late this month.

However, he vowed never to ignore the importance of English. Tens of thousands of native English speakers and Indians would be imported to accelerate the development of English language skills in the country.

Suchart was rather non-committal about education reform. Although the reform plan in its second decade (2009-18) has already been released, Suchart did not express full support for its implementation.

He was enthusiastic, though, about the "One Child One Tablet PC" scheme.

"We can no longer resist tablets because technology will continue to be developed. Students will have to learn how to use them. Using tablets makes life more convenient.

"This is similar to the transition from using slate to paper when I was a child. Even though paper was more expensive at the time, we eventually had to replace slates with paper since it was more convenient to use," he said.

Suchart had hoped that the Cabinet at its last meeting would approve a budget of Bt800 million-Bt900 million so that 300,000 more tablet PCs can be distributed to schoolchildren, but the proposal was not taken up.

He vowed to bring up the request at the Cabinet meeting tomorrow.

The tablet policy management committee has agreed to increase the distribution of tablets for the upcoming academic year from more than 600,000 units at a total cost of Bt1.9 billion to 900,000.

The ministry is trying to start handing out the tablets in May.

Suchart has new ideas for educational development.

Teachers would be encouraged to keep improving their knowledge by having them take tests to get certificates - the higher the level they can reach, the higher the pay they will get.

Teachers who want to become school directors would take only the objective test related to administration and management and skip the interview to stop corruption among some of the committees' members.

The problem of tea money at schools would also be addressed. :evilgrin

"Anybody who knows or witnesses any officials [school directors or teachers] receiving bribes can report and send us the evidence. We'll take legal action against them."

However, Suchart has not explained in detail how he will be able to implement all his ideas within the education system.

Suchart said he would supervise those who are under his ministry like his family.

"With the student-centred approach commitment, we'll take care of students like they're our children. They won't be dominated by people in the older generation, but will be free to think and imagine under a suitable scope. Then, the country will be developed."
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

dirtydog

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Blimey, how old is this guy?

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"This is similar to the transition from using slate to paper when I was a child. Even though paper was more expensive at the time, we eventually had to replace slates with paper since it was more convenient to use," he said.
 

Lebowski

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Sounds like another arrogant dinosaur.
 

Offline Johnnie F.

"With the student-centred approach commitment, we'll take care of students like they're our children. They won't be dominated by people in the older generation, but will be free to think and imagine under a suitable scope."

If they're given computers (artificial intelligence) to think for them, their thinking and imagination will be limited to what the software programmers allow. I assume that won't be more than the present approach with "classroom lecturing".

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As customers children should be allowed to assess teachers performances.

Sure, open another door for corruption. Then the teachers will be nicer than just nicest and not demand anything at all from the students anymore besides getting good grades from them for their own personal evaluation. Education will degenerate to plain entertainment. ::)
Fun is the one thing that money can't buy
 

Online Baby Farts

"Tens of thousands of native English speakers and Indians would be imported "

Imported?...like some expendable commodity.  Love the choice of words
 

Lebowski

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Yeah, the choice of words does have major negative connotations to them.

I also like this bit, straight after he has been 'riding his high horse' about evaluation by your students, or minions/peons in his case, he lets this loose....

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Suchart counts himself as a real expert in the education field. When it comes to policymaking, he does not have to consult research findings.

"No need. I myself am a professor."

So, this policy is only for the lesser morals and not for perceived system demi-gods like yourself just because you're a "professor" in something, and that label elevates you beyond reproach.

Obviously doesn't practice what he preaches in his obvious arrogance.  :uhm

 
 

Online Baby Farts

This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard.  How the hell would a student know how to give a valid teacher assessment?  Students aren't even close to understand teaching methodology, let alone English. The assessments should be done by qualified and experienced teachers in the field, not some brainless student who hasn't a clue what to look for in the classroom when it comes to teaching.  What makes them experts in giving teacher assessments all of sudden?  Wait hold on a sec.  He's specific, he says, "Children."  Good God is this guy for real?  q
 

Online Baby Farts

Is this guy for real?  Since when are "Children" qualified to give teacher assessments?  Qualified and experienced teachers should be giving the assessments not "Children" as he so keenly puts it. They haven't a clue how to assess a teacher.  Good God, this guy's plan is severely warped.

"The scores given by students should account for 70-80 per cent of a teacher's evaluation and the rest by the scores from school directors, he said."

I think he has it backwards here.  So a teacher's future rests in the hands of unqualified inexperienced children who have no idea how to give a teacher assessment.     ....and -

"Suchart counts himself as a real expert in the education field. When it comes to policy making, he does not have to consult research findings.  "No need. I myself am a professor."

Yeah, counts HIMSELF.  Key phrase there.  In other words, he's a legend in his own mind.  Good idea giving the students "Tablet PC."  All they're going to do is play games on the dam.n thing.  Who the hell does he think he's kidding? I wonder how much of that 1.9 Billion Baht will actually be used to purchase the Tablet PC's and how much will end up in his pocket.

 

Online Baby Farts

Yeah, the choice of words does have major negative connotations to them.

I also like this bit, straight after he has been 'riding his high horse' about evaluation by your students, or minions/peons in his case, he lets this loose....

So, this policy is only for the lesser morals and not for perceived system demi-gods like yourself just because you're a "professor" in something, and that label elevates you beyond reproach.

Obviously doesn't practice what he preaches in his obvious arrogance.  :uhm

If he really was a true professor he would know that you don't let "Children" give teacher assessments.  I'll bet this guy wouldn't be able to score above 500 on a TOEIC let alone pass an IELTS.  I've met people like him who just love to flaunt their meaningless degrees around in order to try gain face.
 

 



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