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Thai Junta Passes Legislation to Promote the Development of Pre-School Children

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CHIANG RAI – The Junta Government has pushed forward the development of national education reform, with the target to significantly improve children’s critical thinking skills and their awareness of Thai heritage, by approving the draft law on pre-school children development and national education.

The bill requires the establishment of a support system for children beginning from birth and new-born infants until three years old, for pre-school children between three to six years old, and the buffer age between kindergarten and primary school from six to eight years old.

The bill calls for the Department of Local Administration to communicate with the general public about family planning, pregnancy planning, children development, and provide welfare benefits to expecting mothers.

It also requires the establishment of a pre-school children development policy committee to govern a central standard and curriculum. Schools for young children will be prohibited from accepting students based on entrance examinations, except for special ones given permission from the committee.

By Tanakorn Sangiam