For the next several weeks, we’ll look at report cards from around the world.
~ 9th Stop ~ Thailand ~
Thailand is a popular tourist destination as well as a popular expat post. As a newly industrialized country, Thailand has a lot to offer in terms of modern commodities, as well as a rich history and culture. Thailand has a developed educational system and a high level of literacy. Education is compulsory until Grade 9 and free to Grade 12.
- Type of School: British Standard International School
- Academic Year: 1994-1995
- Year: 4
Here’s the report card! The blue numbers highlight a few interesting aspects of the report and the numbers correspond to notes below the image.
1. Reading, Written Language, Maths… and Thai!
This school incorporates the local language as a mandatory subject. Courses include reading, written language, maths, topic (though the actual topic isn’t written), P.E. (physical education), art, music, computer and Thai.
2. Good job Son, I think you got a, um… a 1 in Thai Class
The box at the top of the report card says “Marking Symbols Reflect Achievement Only.” Using this statement, paired with the smaller-than-small “marking symbols” (numerical grades – 1 stands for excellent, 2 for good, 3 for satisfactory, etc.), parents can safely assume the comments hold more weight than the number grades.
3. Comments, comments and more comments
This report card has plenty of room reserved from comments from the teachers, allowing the parents to get a good sense of their child as a student.
4. Grade for Courses… and Study Skills
Along with grades for the courses, students receive grades and comments for the Work and Study Skills they should be picking up. Skills include “works independently,” “works well with others,” “participates in class,” “follows directions and rules” and “attitude.”