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  1. IGSCE Question

    Schools that are allowed to hold IGCSE exams are audited and controls are strict, there is no Thai style "pass anyway" The majority of the students have rich Thai parents and they are not stupid. They would never allow their children to continue if their kids couldn't get into a university after grade 12.
  2. IGSCE Question

    11 years old now? That should easily be enough time "International" within quotation marks surprise me, not that the school still can be bad as such but rather that IGCSE is not one level here and another level in England, it's the same and if the school is that bad, then 50% of its students would never pass the IGCSE exams and in fact never get a high school diploma
  3. English progam vs bilingual

    The most important thing for westerners looking at more international education or better thinking for their children but perhaps cannot afford international schools is: Both Thai schools and Bilingual Schools (Thai schools with any kind of English programme) MUST follow the Thai curriculum, of course, otherwise they wouldn't qualify for high school diplomas. This basically means that they first teach things in Thai and then they teach selected parts again in English, it doesn't mean that they teach much more non-Thai things at all. The phase "ELP is offered on top of the Thai Curriculum" is not quite correct. Not much time left to add additional stuff, is there? Philippines vs. native English speakers: Depends on level of school = term fees. The Philippines teachers at better = more expensive bilingual schools all have degrees, nearly all have Ed degrees even and I find their English excellent, perhaps they still have a little bit of accent to their American accent but so what? I'd rather have excellent English and an Ed degree than a native speaker with no Ed degree in nearly all subjects. I say nearly not because of language as such but because I think that both really are needed: They teach a different background / personality / thinking at the same time as the subject they teach. Cheap Thai schools and the Asian English teachers English can be appalling Both bilingual schools and English Programme schools often end up around 50/50. As Davis said, 100% English is impossible in a school that must follow the Thai curriculum because it's not just social studies, religion, health etc. that should be taught, it's what the MoE state those subjects should include that should be taught => it's the Thai version of what the subject social studies mean, it's Thai social studies, that is absolutely not International Social Studies Someone wrote "An "English Program" is supposed to offer English tutoring by teachers whose primary/native language is English". Why on earth do the teachers have to be native? What's that got to do with teaching? Except with a few exceptions like teaching pronunciation of course. Most native Americans and quite a few Brits too don't even know what the conditional were is, they haven't been taught the rules, they haven't felt what was difficult and what was easy to learn, they have never even thought about how to best learn this and that when it comes to their native language. They just lived until they spoke the language like a native. Native and non-native teachers compliment each other well if the school hire non-native teachers with Ed degrees. I also think that bilingual or EP whatever schools are a good middle way if parents can't afford international school rates. Parents must be interested and involved for results to be good, that's absolutely necessary. And it is fun :) Michael
  4. IGSCE Question

    IGCSE (and M6 certification) could really help him to a better job in Thailand though
  5. IGSCE Question

    I think British Counsel do IGCSE exams too by the way. IGCSE and you must pass 5 core subjects and for sure, English is one of them - And Yes, I bet it's not easy for a child has been in a Thai school to pass an IGCSE exam for the subject English :) Kids do pick up very very fast though so a year or possibly two in "the right environment" should really be enough
  6. Siam City Park or Dreamworld?

    DreamWorld has much better rides, Siam Park is much better for water activities
  7. IGSCE Question

    GCSE or with a bit more international content IGCSE is based on the British curriculum and contains several levels, it is not clear which one you refer to Final GCSE / IGCSE exams take place end of year 11 = grade 10 but there are a number of exams during year 9 and 10 leading up to that. You need minimum grade C in Scholastic subjects, I can't remember them all but they are basically the core subjects, English, Maths, Science etc. Subjects like Art and P.E. don't count. It continues with A-levels at the end of year 13 = grade 12. The old AS level exams still exist but it's quite useless to sit them nowadays as they don't count for the A level any longer anyway (=you have to re-take the AS part for your A level even if you passed the AS exam). A level maths is quite a bit more advanced than IGCSE / GCSE maths, it's 2 years further studies. IGCSE / GCSE wouldn't be enough for science /technical universities for sure. It should practically be enough for HR, History, Literature degrees if the university accepts MoE changed the rules 1-Jan-2017 so that students with IGCSE no longer can enter Thai Universities at the age of 16 but they are still accepted at 18. Most universities anyway, I don't know if it is all of them. I don't actually know if MoE formally rate GCSE/IGCSE as equivalent to M6 high School Diploma GCSE/IGCSE is a level approx. 2 years earlier than minimum requirements to (most?) European universities. IB is approx. 2 years longer too = equivalent to A-levels. It's possible to take GCSEs/IGCSEs at any school, quit and self-study to take the A-level exams independently at a British Counsel but it's certainly not easy, guidance is a must. British Counsel in Bangkok do A level exams a few times per year Michael
  8. A gift of land from a parent

    Quite easy to answer that, it's not possible to give away something that someone else owns or perhaps no one owns The "right" to occupy and use farm land with no Chanote is fuzzier. There was no distinct right from the beginning and the best that can be expected is that children will be allowed to continue to occupy and use farmland when parents die. The land department will come one day and formally mark the land with GPS and issue a Chanote to the one who farms the land
  9. Thai ..farang child owenership of land

    There is a logic to this: The land offices have had the directive to keep an eye on that control over Thai land stays in Thai hands for a long time, that is the directive that a few land offices even push so far that they don't allow land to be transferred to underage Thai citizens if one of the parents (well, the father) is foreign even A foreign legal guardian control the childs land until that child reaches majority
  10. Thai ..farang child owenership of land

    There are a few land offices in Thailand that do refuse to transfer land to underage Thai citizens if they have a western father, I have heard this happen several times in Hua Hin and once in Chieng Mai. The land office gives the reason that they have the right to refuse based on that the land falls under the control of a foreigner until the child reach majority as the legal guardian is non-Thai. One land office demanded that the parents divorced and father signed over sole custody to the mother before transferring It will not stand up in court of course :)
  11. Thanks Arkady, everything you write makes sense -- Even I overstayed once in the late 80s 555 Confession time: I overstayed one day once in the early 90s :)
  12. Do you know if it is possible to pay the fine and clear the problem at immigration in the government complex and not at Suvarnabhumi when leaving the country?
  13. I now understand it as a Thai citizen with my friends daughters specific problem can't cancel her visa (extension of stay) and can never leave Thailand without paying a 20,000 baht overstay fine first A bit weird that foreigners who become Thai citizens can cancel extensions of stay but Thai's who enter the wrong way cannot
  14. Which section at Immigration did she go to? Something special about the process that made it take 6 hours? 15 year old Thai/British daughter of a friend of mine was denied leaving Thailand on her Thai passport without paying the fine because she originally entered Thailand on her British PP 12 years ago. The normal story: Born abroad, entered on foreign PP, cleared all Thai status but never cancelled extension of stay. I wonder if foreign and Thai PP Thai ID and one legal guardian (western father) would be enough, Thai mother more likely to want to sabotage than help Thanks Michael
  15. Arkady, quick question regarding this I've heard that Thai children cannot be fined for overstay, any children actually. Do you know the age limit for this? I've heard 15 but some say it should be 18/20 Thanks Michael
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