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Thai students to learn more Chinese

Textbook paper to become eye-friendly

Thai students to learn more Chinese

The Ministries of Education in Thailand and China are cooperating for the first time in publishing Chinese language textbooks to be used in Thai schools, a senior Thai education ministry official said.
Thai teachers were sent to China and received training to teach Chinese, said Pakorn Rungnopparut, assistant director of the Office of the Welfare Promotion Commission for Teachers and Education Personnel.
With the cooperation with Hunpan, or China’s education ministry, both ministries agreed to produce and sell Chinese language textbooks in Thailand, said Mr. Pakorn.
The textbooks are now being printed and will be used when schools reopen next month for the current academic year.
Three Chinese-language textbooks will be used separately for primary, secondary and upper secondary classes, he said, adding that only one textbook would be used this year for each level. (TNA)


Textbook paper to become eye-friendly

Eye-friendly paper was used in printing textbooks in Thailand for the first time as it could help reduce eye fatigue and strain when reading, a senior Thai education ministry official said.
Pakorn Rungnopparut, assistant director of the Office of the Welfare Promotion Commission for Teachers and Education Personnel said under the pilot project, the first textbook to be published with eye friendly paper was Thai language for Matayom 1 and 4 (grades 7 and 10) as the curriculum for the two level had been adjusted recently.
Mr. Pakorn who oversees the printing section, said that with the eye-friendly paper the students could read more without eye fatigue and that the weight of each book would be lighter than ordinary textbook.
“This is the first time in Thailand that a textbook will be produced using eye-friendly paper,” he said, adding that the color of the paper would be not pure white but off-white which could reduce the strain when reading.
He said most of foreign textbooks such as in Singapore and Japan were printed with this variety of paper.
The weight of the book would be 30 per cent less than normal textbooks of similar thickness, Mr. Pakorn said.
He conceded that the cost of eye-friendly textbooks is higher than existing texts, but if the plan is supported by the government and carried out with good management, he explained, the cost could be reduced in the long term.
“If we buy a large quantity of the paper at one time, the cost can be deducted and the ministry can control the price of textbooks,” he said.
If the pilot project gets a positive response, he said, all ministry-produced textbooks in future will be printed with eye-friendly paper. (TNA)



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