Overview of Education System in Thailand
Thailand is one of the most progressive Southeast Asian nations in the world. It has a rich cultural heritage and unique natural beauty apart from quality educational institutions. It is ideal for students who want access to brighter career opportunities and reasonably priced education.
Thailand is home to 67.01 million people (2013-2014) and the official language spoken here is Thai. Expenditure on education as percentage of GDPOverview of Thai education system was 7.57% in 2012 in Thailand, according to UNESCO Institute of Statistics/UIS. It was 0.21% for pre-primary education, 2.87% for primary education, 2.68% for secondary education and 0.71% for tertiary education. Expenditure of education as percentage of total government expenditure was 31.33% for education in 2012 in Thailand according to UIS. It was 4.31% for pre-primary education, 11.88% for primary education, 11.10% in secondary education and 2.94% for tertiary education, in 2012, as per UIS. Government expenditure per student in Thailand as percentage of GDP was 38.3%, according to an estimate by UIS.
Education System: Enrolment in basic education system commences at the age of 6. Thai education system provides 9 years of mandatory education with 12 years of free basic education. Of the millions of students enrolled in the Thai education system, both formal as well as non formal educational options are available.
There are 185 education service areas in 76 provinces and each has close to 200 schools covering three hundred thousand to five thousand students in an ESA. Thailand has close to 170 educational institutions of higher education as per ministry sources. Of these fifteen universities are autonomous and there are sixty five public universities. Remaining are private institutions, institutes or community colleges.