Intake of pupils declines
Supinda na Mahachai
BANGKOK: -- Many of the 200 most popular
schools are recruiting fewer Mathayom 1 students this year in response
to the Basic Education Commission's policy to allow more students to
continue on to Mathayom 4 at the same school.
Last year, some students of the elite Bodin Decha School staged a
protest against the administration's refusal to allow them to pursue
their studies at the senior secondary level at the school.
The demonstrations made headlines and prompted the intervention of top
officials. Secondary schools now have to try and let as many of their
students as possible stay at the same place.
"To be eligible to enrol at the same old school, Mathayom 3 graduates
must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.00 for the past
five semesters," secretary-general Chinnapat Bhumirat said yesterday.
In Bangkok, 26 popular schools now offer just 24,885 places for the Mathayom 1 class this year versus 26,802 last year.
Mathayom 1 seats at Suankularb Wittayalai School have been cut to just
400 from 544, at Satriwittaya School to 350 from 500 and at Sarawittaya
School to 602 from 502.
Applications for all schools under the commission's supervision will
open from this Thursday to March 18. Students have been advised to apply
to schools near their homes rather than pin their hopes on popular
-- The Nation 2013-03-11