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Pandemic Sends Broke Thai Students to Back of Class

Thai kids fall farther behind due to online learning, lack of funds for school

The Covid-19 pandemic has compromised the ability of Thai families to pay for their children’s education.

The number of students with financial problems increasing to 1.2 million in 2021, according to research by the Equitable Education Fund.

The EEF’s Sompong Jitradab said the number of pupils classed as “extremely poor” has climbed to 1.24 million, up from 994,428 in the first semester of 2020. The number represents 20 percent of students nationwide.

He stated that the transition to online learning has had an impact on some children in Grades 1-3, adding that some have fallen behind in reading, writing, and math as a result.

The pandemic already has contributed to another drop in English proficiency by Thai students, making the country the worst English speaker in Southeast Asia/

Meanwhile, 87 percent of students in 29 provinces lack access to energy or equipment, and those kids who are unable to keep up with their classmates are unlikely to return to school.

Sompong said that more collaboration is required to keep these children in the educational system. However, he believes that financial support may not be sufficient because these children are also dealing with stress, anxiety, and isolation and will require all the assistance they can get.

Meanwhile, another study citing findings from four communities with a population of 5,000 people discovered that approximately 200 out of every 1,400 children are at risk of dropping out of school, indicating that children from low-income families in urban areas were the most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.