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Thai PM Srettha Thavisin Vows Zero Dropout, Targets Education Inequality

In a resolute declaration, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has underscored his government’s unwavering commitment to address Thailand’s education inequality crisis. The premier, who assumed office last year, revealed that one of his initial directives involved key government agencies, including the Fund for Education Equality, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, and the Ministry of Interior, joining forces to establish Thailand’s first comprehensive database focused on school dropouts.

PM Srettha expressed his persistent advocacy for reducing educational inequality even before his tenure as prime minister, emphasizing his dedication to eliminating the denial of educational opportunities for Thai children entirely.

Scheduled for unveiling on Thailand’s Children’s Day on Saturday, January 13, the prime minister has promised the public a series of positive announcements, marking a crucial stride towards the ambitious goal of zero dropouts.

The 2022 report from the Education Ministry revealed distressing statistics, with over 100,000 students abandoning the school system. The reasons cited ranged from poverty and drug-related issues to teenage pregnancy. The ministry also identified a growing trend among youth who, disillusioned with the conventional education system, opt for online learning platforms that they believe better prepare them for future needs, as reported by Thai PBS World.

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s upcoming plan aims to revolutionize the educational landscape, offering hope and concrete steps towards creating a Thailand where no child is denied the opportunity to learn. As the nation anticipates Saturday’s revelation, the question lingers: will this bold initiative indeed usher in an era of zero dropouts and reshape the educational future of Thai youth?

In related news, the 61-year-old Thai PM delivered a poignant message ahead of Teacher’s Day, emphasizing the pivotal role of teachers as leaders of knowledge. He highlighted that teachers are not merely instructors but creators and givers, acknowledging their essential contribution to shaping the future of Thailand’s youth.

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