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Teachers to be trained in advanced math, science
« on: May 09, 2012, 02:28:30 PM »
BANGKOK: -- Not only bright students but also teachers will be given training on the basic knowledge and content used in international academic Olympiad competitions.

Meanwhile, 50 students with the highest grades in chemistry have been selected from across the country to compete for a chance to join the International Chemistry Olympiad.

In a bid to extend the knowledge gained from academic Olympiads, students who are interested in learning about science, computers and mathematics but do not have the chance to join such camps will be taught by the newly trained teachers.

This way, the knowledge can be passed on to more students, said Associate Professor Kamjad Mongkolkul, secretary-general of the Promotion of Academic Olympiads and Development of Science Education Foundation under the Patronage of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra (POSN).

The POSN has hosted such camps in different parts of the country to help students gain advanced knowledge in physics, chemistry, biology, maths and computers.

"About 10,000 students are trained at the camps each year, though many more want to join," said Duangsamorn Klongsara, deputy director of the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST).

The teacher-training project, which will kick off in October, will include teachers from 36 schools under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Basic Education Commission.

Meanwhile, 50 students were selected for the eighth Thailand Chemistry Olympiad hosted by King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) and the POSN. Of the contestants, 16 came from Bangkok, 11 from the Central region, six from Chiang Mai, two from the lower North, 10 from the Northeast, three from the East and two from the South.

Natthamongkol Wongamporn-pichet, 16, from Triam Udom Suksa School won the highest marks overall in the competition, which began last Friday and wrapped up yesterday. He also got the highest scores in the written test, though 18-year-old Attapon Chaiyana from Rajsima Wittayalai School won the highest marks for laboratory work. A total of five students won gold medals at the camp, four of whom will be selected to represent the country at the International Chemistry Olympiad next year.

In a move to motivate students to focus on the English language, some questions in the biochemistry and organic-chemistry part of the exams were in English, Duangsamorn said, adding that more questions would be in English in the years to come.
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