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3 hours ago, cyril sneer said:

online learning wouldn't work even if students were given free broadband and a free computer

555!  They don't learn much at school normally.  Think of it more as day care for kids of all ages! 

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Does this apply to uni's,i have no probs only me and the gf in my house,but her 20 year old now daughter at uni,i have no problem if she comes to stay,just have to wear the mirror sunglasses around the pool,when she is swimming or lying on the sun lounger in her small bikini.

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3 hours ago, cyril sneer said:

online learning wouldn't work even if students were given free broadband and a free computer

They find a way to spend hours on Facebook and Line watching nonsense.

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If it hasn't improved? The last three days we've seen significant drops in the number of new cases. What's not improving? At this rate we could have many days without any new cases. 

And they are making a decision like this now after two days of significant drops in reported new cases, it makes me wonder what the F the are hiding. I'm not a conspiracy theorist ever and very main stream in my opinions, but it doesn't add up. 

 

 

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55 minutes ago, Grumpy John said:

555! They don't learn much at school normally. Think of it more as day care for kids of all ages!

I'm a bit annoyed about this, my son being home (he's 8 now) means he's improved his arithematic strategies, learned to do fractions, and read five chapter books this holiday so far.

 

I don't wanna give his time back to school, memorizing useless facts and language about useless old royalty... there are lots of good online sources, his school wouln't come close to any of them.

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6 minutes ago, spermwhale said:

If it hasn't improved? The last three days we've seen significant drops in the number of new cases. What's not improving? At this rate we could have many days without any new cases.

And they are making a decision like this now after two days of significant drops in reported new cases, it makes me wonder what the F the are hiding. I'm not a conspiracy theorist ever and very main stream in my opinions, but it doesn't add up.

 

 

You mean 'significant drops in new cases reported in the news' right? Not actual 'new cases' which are counted by staff - and as the health minister says, he can't be held responsible for anything they tell him being inaccurate.

 

What DOES add up is the economics - if my wife's factory does NOT close, she maybe stands to lose only 150,000 bonus next year. If it does close, then social will give her about 10% of her salary - and that's a massive hit even with a mortgage holiday.

 

I'm sure that closing down is the last thing that most people want in reality. I'd say the nightime curfew is mostly aimed to catch out the night time drinking gambling fools - and the cost is already immense.

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It's not only class time that has to be considered dangerous, but also travel to and from school, I work in a gov school in the country, imagine the kids packed into the van as they do twice a day for hours, and the psychological impact that everything is normal and having students drop their guard regarding social distancing. The younger Phathom grades will be virtually uncontrollable.

Just some thoughts.

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Even if poor kids don't have a computer or such, their families likely have a TV, and Thailand educational programs are already setup for TV type learning, not too much of a jump needed here.

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I own a small private English school and this is the worst news for us, although I understand 100% the reasoning behind it.

We have been closed for 3 weeks now, after being given less than 12 hours notice that we had to close. After that, nothing from the Ministry of Education - no emails, no phones calls, no letters... nothing! 

I am still having to pay staff salaries (native-English teachers are not cheap!), pay rent, internet and small schools really don't make a huge profit. Two weeks ago I had everyone fill in the online forms for social security; no reply, no notifications, nothing.

I guess I'm like so many others who own businesses here - there has been no offer of help at all from the Government for us.... just sink or swim. Well, K Prayut, I'm sinking, so thank you for this extension.... it will be the death knell for my business.

And, before anyone gets on their high horse, yes, we are doing online classes, but they are not proving popular, because all of the parents likewise have no money, or are loathe to spend what little they have left, which (again) I understand fully.

It is a very sad situation and there will be millions of people around the world who will be ruined by this virus, myself included. Even sadder (for me) January and February were the best months we have ever had in our little school. Things were looking bright.....

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I must wonder if any further shut downs will apply to the Thai-Austrian Technical College in Pattaya.  My daughter goes there and just came back home yesterday.  They were still holding classes but via the LINE app.  As I understand it they still had to work in groups to complete their projects.  Had thought that the earlier announcements indicated ALL schools would be closed.

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