The Thai internet was rocked on Thursday after a school’s announcement went viral. He said three points will be deducted on a pre-school entrance exam if pupils cry during the test.
The public was outraged, wondering if the school, in Maha Sarakham province in the northeast, was not being too strict with its potential pupils, who are only 3 to 5 years old.
On Friday, the school principal told Thai PBS that the conditions had existed for many years. The punishment was to ensure fairness to fellow students, who might be distracted by others’ crying, she said.
The headmaster, however, said the terms have already been removed since this afternoon (Friday), after the school came under heavy criticism on social media from parents, rights groups and the general public.
Assoc. Professor Dr Suriyadeo Tripathi, a pediatrician and director of the Moral Center of Thailand, said in his Facebook post today that the high-stakes test, which uses score deduction in exam assessment, is torture for children. children and lack of compassion.
Such a measure for preschool children goes against the healthy psychological development of the child and his fundamental rights.
According to the UNESCO definition of early childhood, children are up to 8 years old, but in Thailand it is up to 6 years old. Dr Suriyadeo said psychological assessment is usually undertaken when children are relaxed and happy and if they are not in such a state, the assessment should be suspended, while the score should not be deducted.