Category: Thailand Education

International Education Thailand 9 Nov

British English, or American English Education?

Warning to grammar police some parts of this blog post are about pronunciations so turn down your spelling radar!

Tomaytoes, Tomartoes let’s call the whole thing off, so the song went.

For Oxford educated elitists, grammar Nazis, who constantly attack me believe it or not dear reader, and Americans who have never set foot outside their own state, the debate between the Queen’s English (Only she and her family speak like that I promise!) and the way English language pronounced everywhere else, is a hot debate.

The question really is if you have children do you want them to have aloominum sidings or alew-minnium sidings, anyways only Americans even know what a siding is!

The British introduced the language to the Americas when they reached these lands by sea between the 16th and 17th centuries. At that time, spelling had not yet been standardised (stet! add to dictionary again, Google swears it is spelled with a z, z is worth 10 in Scrabble for a reason!). It took the writing of the first dictionaries to set in stone how these words appeared. In the UK, the dictionary was compiled by London-based scholars.

Black Adder and the one about the Lexicon.

Meanwhile, in the United States, the lexicographer was a man named Noah Webster. Allegedly, he changed how the words were spelled to make the American version different from the British as a way of showing cultural independence from its mother country.

When relocating to Thailand or you are a long-term expat and your children born in Thailand are now ready to start school, you may need to find a suitable school for your children. In Bangkok, there are many British schools intended to make life easier for children moving to the country from the UK. These schools use a curriculum that follows the curriculum currently used in the UK.

International schools in Thailand

However, the curriculum is also modified to meet the international standards for educational institutions. Enrolling your child in a British school should make their transition a little easier. It may provide less of a culture shock for your child to attend a school that includes other students that come from British families.

You also have many options to accommodate your scheduling needs. For example, there are boarding schools that offer part-time and full-time boarding. There are also schools that follow normal school hours.

The Bangkok international school market is well served with over 70 schools including 38 British schools, 21 American schools and 23 I.B. schools. While the British Curriculum puts a lot of emphasis on G.S.E. subject exams and the A –levels, the American curriculum lays more emphasis on student choice and freedom. These curricula also differ from the way they are managed or accredited to the actual content.

The best countries for education are ranked based on a perception-based global survey. This survey used a compilation of scores from three equally weighted attributes: a well-developed public education system, would consider attending university there, and provides top-quality education. As of 2018, the top ten countries based on education rankings are:

So, based on this you are probably better to have a British educated child, they will easily pick up Americanisms from the movies!

One thing is for certain if one parent is not Thai, then you do not have the right to send your children to the Thailand state schools, whether you wanted to or not. And just being born in Thailand does not entitle you to an automatic Thai passport or citizenship, so it will be a choice of paying for an international school or them climbing the walls for eternity!

I think the teacher is on drugs!

If you like me dear reader and you have a child with learning difficulties, then you are in for a harder ride as there are very few internationally recognised special needs schools available in the Kingdom.

Another problem standing in the way of treating L.D. (Learning Disabilities) students is a lack of special education teachers. Reports tell us that there are currently only around 350 special education teachers in Thailand in the Thai public sector despite a soaring demand for such specialists.

Chulalongkorn University, host to the prestigious Faculty of Education, has only two professors teaching Counseling Psychology, Guidance and Special Education degrees.

The course takes in an average of 20 students per year.

To ease the issue, the Faculty of Education should offer scholarships for prospective students who have L.D. to create a generation of L.D. teachers intimately familiar with the experience of learning difficulties.

The problems for Non-Thais with learning disabilities grows exponentially from there.

Regular Schooling Costs

As with a lot of things in Bangkok, the costs are also lower than other parts of the world. Fees range from $5,000 a year through to $30,000 at the high-end schools. This compares well with other parts of Asia and Europe. 

Now you are beginning to understand why that middle aged Financial Advisor was harping on about school fees when you were single and free in your mid-twenties back then in the 1980-90’s , he knew then that if you cut down on your drinking by just a pint a day and put that cash away then , with compound interest and generally good sound basic financial acumen, not taught in schools I may add,  school fees would not even be a concern for you right now!

If You find you are a middle aged Dad, let us face it  Southeast Asia is rife with this kind of happening as the climate and many other factors blatantly obvious to long term expats to the Kingdom make an ideal breeding ground (sorry could not resist) for the Thai/European Look-krueng (mixed race child) that are all over the television shows on Thai TV when they grow up.

YayaYing famous Mixed race Celebrity.

 If you are now wondering how to get your kids packed off to school, then perhaps you already have the cash available in your pension pot, but you forgot you are now entitled to some or not all of it

If you have a QROPS (Qualified Reccognised Overseas Pension Scheme) or any kind of pension, and you need some cash quick to pay for a decent school then perhaps we can help with a QROPS encashment or a better jurisdiction and tax efficient vehicle for your hard-earned savings.

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