The education system in Thailand is vastly different from that in the western world. Students can start school from a much younger age and are usually graded through a series of multiple choice exams. Scouts is compulsory and integrated into the school day. The Thai education system divides opinion and those who can not accept it do not last long as a teacher here. Those who work with it, focus on helping their students progress and develop and don’t get caught up in the system consequently have a very enjoyable experience teaching the youth of this great country.
The Thai education system has been split into 3 levels since 2001. However, recently a 4th level has emerged..Nursery (Boribaan).
Level 0 – Boribaan (Nursery)
- 2-3 years old
Level 1 – Anubaan (Kindergarten)
- KG1 to KG3 – 3 years to 5 years old
Level 2 – Prathom (Primary)
- P1 to P6 – 6 years to 11 years old
Level 3 – Mathayom (High School)
- M1 to M6 – 12 years to 18 years old
Kindergarten is optional in Thailand, however all students must attend school from Level 2 – Prathom.
Students can finish school after grade 9 (M3) if they wish. If they want to continue studying and work towards going to university then they must series of government tests. (O-NET, A-NET,). Graduating from M^ is the equivalent to finishing A-Levels in the UK or SAT in the US.
Grades are given on a scale of 1-4. 1 being the lowest (but still a pass, and 4 being the highest).