By Nicholas Bennett
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Apart from a short period of Japanese occupation during the Second World War, Thailand had never been colonised. Thai was thus the national language, and was spoken in its different dialects by around 85% of the population. Few people challenged the monarchy, and even fewer the position and authority of the present King. 50 ALL IN THE CAUSE OF DUTY Given the above, I was surprised that all the academic analyses of Thai problems and prospects at that time were being done from a western academic perspective.
Where is the commonality of these Northern tribes with the growing Ashanti, Fanti, and Ga middle classes living in and around Accra and other cities, who are determined that their children should attend boarding secondary schools with a curriculum leading to the British Cambridge School Certificate. Thailand is thought by most Thais to be a homogenous country with one culture, a culture where one curriculum can be useful for all its children and youths. This is not the case, as there are three Malay-speaking provinces in the South, and in the mist covered hills of Northern Thailand there are at least six different hill tribes, each with a language totally different in structure from Thai, and each with their own culture and customs.
As in every profession, there are many skilled and motivated teachers, but also others who are not concerned whether the children learn anything or not. In the early 1960’s surveys showed that the teacher was one of the most respected of professions in rural areas in Africa. More recent studies have shown the opposite. In Ghana during the economic collapse of the early eighties, teachers had to take on other work, often farming, merely to survive. When the economy picked up, and their salaries significantly increased, the teachers did not give up this additional work, and thus continued to hardly appear in the classroom.
All in the Cause of Duty by Nicholas Bennett