Education system has Thais worried
Without long-term improvements to failing system, many fear the country's political landscape will continue to heat up.
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2011 05:53

As Thailand's politicians grapple for power, the country's students struggle under a failing education system.

Classrooms are overcrowded, learning methods are outdated and many teachers lack inspiration and creativity.

The run-up to Sunday's general election has been dominated by promises of new policies from both of the major parties.

Political parties vying to win votes are promising to throw even more money at dealing with the problem with populist policies.

While solving long-term educational problems may not be a vote winner in Thailand, many people believe it is key to solving the country’s political problems.

The ruling Democrats party says it will spend $12bn on a reform package while the main opposition party, Puea Thai, is offering students free tablet computers.

Experts say that without a quality education system, the future of Thailand could be more turbulent than ever.

Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay reports from Bangkok.

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