O-NET exams being ignored by students

national March 27, 2013 00:00

By Supinda Na Mahachai
The Natio

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The Office of Basic Education Commission (Obec) has found that many students who took this year's Ordinary National Education Test (O-NET) scored zero after ignoring the exams because they had already secured a place at university via the direct admission

Obec is thus set to propose that the O-NET be organised ahead of direct admissions to push students’ scores up.

Following a meeting of Obec executives yesterday, Obec chief Chinnapat Bhumirat said that analysis of highest and lowest scores in the O-NETS’ eight subjects showed that many students had scored an unlikely zero in the multiple choice exams.

They suspected the reason was a lack of motivation among the many students who were already sure of a university place. Obec is now set to discuss possible solutions to the problem with the Council of University Presidents of Thailand. Among the suggestions already mooted is that universities’ direct admissions process should be postponed until after the O-NET exam. As the O-NET was adopted to check on the quality of education nationwide, said Chinnapat, any factor affecting students’ motivation could skew the results and therefore needed to be eliminated.