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School Term To Shift By A Month To Coincide With Schools In Asean: Thailand

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School term to shift by a month to coincide with schools in ASEAN

BANGKOK, 27 February 2013 (NNT) – Schools under the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) will shift its opening term from May 16th to June 10th of every year, starting next year to coincide with schools in other ASEAN countries.


The OBEC revealed that Education Minister Phongthep Thepkanjana has signed the agreement for the shift of school calendar, which will take effect from the 2014 academic year.

Earlier the OBEC had gathered opinions from academics, parents, and related individuals about the move to shift the academic calendar. It found that most agreed with the shift and saw that it would not affect students much.

The OBEC will discuss with related agencies if the shift would affect their operations or not.

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I just asked the director of a category 15/1 private school in Chiang Mai about this and she said it doesn't affect her school. It may, it's just that she hasn't been told - not uncommon in Thailand.

Update

The director just made a call to check and said it does affect her school.

So, when does the 2013/14 academic year end? Will there be a 2-month break next year?

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Does this mean the change will happen this year, as in the 2013/2014 Academic year or for the following year, as in 2014/2015 Academic year?

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Does this mean the change will happen this year, as in the 2013/2014 Academic year or for the following year, as in 2014/2015 Academic year?

The article says 'next year' so I assume not this coming June, but June 2014. No mention about this year at my school. Wouldn't mind another month off!
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I just asked the director of a category 15/1 private school in Chiang Mai about this and she said it doesn't affect her school. It may, it's just that she hasn't been told - not uncommon in Thailand.

Update

The director just made a call to check and said it does affect her school.

So, when does the 2013/14 academic year end? Will there be a 2-month break next year?

I think academic year 2013 will end around the beginning of March 2014. As usual! However, in 2014 the students and teachers will have a break from the beginning of March until 10 June 2014. The semester break will be from around 1 November 2014 until 1 December 2015. The second semester will end at the beginning of April 2015.

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FYI, for all universities in Thailand, the academic calender will change in 2014.

  • 1st Semester: Aug 2014 to Dec 2014
  • 2nd Semester: Jan 2015 to May 2015
  • Summer Semester: Jun 2015 to Aug 2015

Expect a 6 month summer in from March 2014 to August 2014.

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^Expect an extra long summer school next year!

We normally have 2 weeks vacation, plus a week at Songkran every April. While we might end up with 6 weeks + Songkran vacation next year, I rather suspect that our normal 4 week long "Summer Camp" will be extended to be an 8 week Summer Camp.

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^Expect an extra long summer school next year!

We normally have 2 weeks vacation, plus a week at Songkran every April. While we might end up with 6 weeks + Songkran vacation next year, I rather suspect that our normal 4 week long "Summer Camp" will be extended to be an 8 week Summer Camp.

.....or unpaid leave.

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Does this mean the change will happen this year, as in the 2013/2014 Academic year or for the following year, as in 2014/2015 Academic year?

The article says 'next year' so I assume not this coming June, but June 2014. No mention about this year at my school. Wouldn't mind another month off!

I would have thought that it has just shifted a month and that the annual term holiday period will amount to the same length of time

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so, for this year (again) better do not plan anything too much and too deep ahead - do not book flights for the entire family, wait with booking hotel rooms until the somtam fog lifts

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??? is there anybody who can give me a plan of SCHOOL HOLIDAYS in Thailand ??

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