Prestigious Bangkok secondary schools see glut of applications
Popular secondary schools in Bangkok have attracted a large proportion - if not most - of the applications submitted this year, according to the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec).
Obec secretary-general Chinnapat Bhumirat yesterday revealed that of 56,416 applications submitted by Pathom 6 graduates, 40,508 went to the popular schools.
"Overall, the number of applicants is 13,701 higher than the number of Mathayom 1 seats available at Bangkok schools," Chinnapat said.
He said that of 12,865 applications submitted by Mathayom 3 graduates to Bangkok-based schools, 12,865 went to the popular schools.
Triam Udom Suksa School, a very prestigious school, received 11,381 applications.
"The number of seats available for Mathayom 4 students in Bangkok is 7,722 fewer than the number of applicants," Chinnapat said.
The Obec schools accepted applications between March 14 and March 18.
Chinnapat vowed to ensure that the admissions process at all schools is transparent and fair.
The entrance exams will be held on March 23 for those applying for Mathayom 1 seats, and on March 24 for those applying for Mathayom 4 seats.
A lucky draw for children in the schools' neighbourhoods will take place on March 31.
For applicants who could not get seats in the first round of admission, Chinnapat said Obec would try to help them find a place to further their study.
"They can contact us after the results of the lucky draw and the entrance exams are announced," he said.
Obec plans to find places for all applicants before the start of the Songkran Festival.