Education in Thailand has been valued for a lot of time. A few years ago, education in Thailand was something that was not considered by foreigners, unless if it was due to special circumstances. However, an increasingly higher number of foreigners started moving into the country recently, which in turn has resulted in an increased attention to improving the standards in schools and other institutes. The fact that the Thai government has been dedicating a lot of its national budget for the development of the education sector further helps to strengthen this statement.
When it comes to schools, we can easily identify three different categories. First of all, most Thai children attend public schools. These are funded by the government, and are free of charge for children up to 13 years of age. However, there are a few restrictions in place to ensure that only Thai nationals can attend public schools. Children who want to be admitted to public schools need to have at least one Thai parent and have their birth registered in Thailand as well. This means that foreigners are forced to look at other options to school their children.
One of these options involves sending their children to private bilingual schools. While they also cater to many Thai children, they are a very good option for foreigners who plan on a long-term stay in Thailand. The advantage of sending children to these schools is that they teach children in a way that they further their knowledge in Thai culture, while still using teaching methods similar to those used in the West. Unlike any best international school in Bangkok, fees will not be a problem as well.
The other option is to enroll children in private international schools. Unlike some other countries, Thailand is well known for its solid international school structure, which helps to complement the lack of space in public Thai schools. This means that the student body and staff will likely consist of a lot of Thai nationals, but foreigners are not that uncommon. The main advantage of these schools is the very high, Western-like standards that they follow: Be it extracurricular activities or modern facilities, they are most likely to be the very best not only in Thailand, but in the South East Asian region as well. When searching for a British school, Bangkok, Pattaya and most large cities are your best bet.
The schedule in Thai schools varies. Public schools tend to open at 8.30 and end at 15.30, with a one-month school holiday starting in October and a two-month holiday between March and April. The same cannot be said of private schools, which follow their own schedules, generally mimicking Western school time tables, including holidays.