All vocational colleges to open English Program courses over next 5 years
BANGKOK, 3 June 2016 (NNT) – The Ministry of Education has appointed the Office of Vocational Education Commission (OVEC) to enhance English training among students, aiming to initiate English Program courses in all vocational colleges within 5 years.
Minister of Education, Gen Dapong Ratanasuwan has said regarding the feedback from the International Institute for Management Development’s competitiveness ranking, which puts Thailand at the 28th position, that Thailand still has ranking weaknesses such as the insufficient number of doctors in the population, energy conservation, and English proficiency in education.
The Ministry of Education has appointed OVEC to upgrade English courses at vocational colleges to ensure that all students can use the English language effectively. Students must be able to communicate in English when they finish school.
OVEC Secretary-General, Chaipreuk Sereerak says the office is executing both short-term and long-term plans to improve students’ English proficiency. The short term plan will ensure skills in English for communication and professional pursuits prior to graduation, while the long-term plan will be the establishment of language institutes serving vocational colleges to develop a curriculum and improve the teaching skills of staff.
OVEC is also planning to introduce English Program courses in more colleges, with the aim being to have all vocational colleges nationwide have a strong English Program within the next five years.