Schools' near-home quota system may be scrapped

national April 07, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Student recruitment under the near-home quota might be scrapped as applicants have dwindled.

Apichart Jeerawuth, secretary-general of the Basic Education Commission, said last week that the near-home quota was also putting pressure on students who wanted to apply for Mathayom 1.
“I really, really do understand the feelings of children and their parents when they are excited and waiting to hear whether they are eligible to join the programme,” he said after observing near-home recruitment at Surasakmontree School.
Young students and their parents living near this school have flocked to try their luck in the draw. Some students wore amulets around their neck for good luck.
Yesterday students graduating from Prathom 6 drew lots to decide whether they can continue their education at a higher level. Competition is especially stiff to enter 63 famous schools nationwide.
In Bangkok, the schools with the highest competition in the near-home category were Bodindecha 2, Triam Udom Suksa Nomklao, Satriwithaya 2, Horwang and Panyaworakun.
At Surasakmontree, 167 students applied under the near-home quota of 100 but only 104 confirmed their intention to join the programme, so the school’s staff decided to accept all of them.
However, those students who were disappointed not to have been included should inform the school that they had applied between April 7 and 11. Alternately, they can inform the secondary education service area office. 
The acceptance announcement will be made on April 18. The winners have to confirm their choice and report to the school on the same day.

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