Report Cards from Around the World: Bangkok, Thailand

For the next several weeks, we’ll look at report cards from around the world.

~ Here we come! ~

~ 9th Stop ~ Thailand ~

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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.

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Report Card Basics

  • Type of School: British Standard International School
  • Academic Year: 1994-1995
  • Year: 4

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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.”

See Report Card from: Ontario, Canada; Mexico City, Mexico;    Zomba, Malawi; Sydney, Australia, week 1;    Sydney, Australia, week 2;   Dalhousie, India; Kathmandu, Nepal;    Soro, Denmark

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One Response to Report Cards from Around the World: Bangkok, Thailand

  1. Sean Marlyn says:

    I am writing to ask your permission to use a digital image of the 1994-95 report card on your website as part of my summary of the history of report cards for my Masters Thesis – “Report cards, curiosity, and motivation- a student perspective.” which I am completing at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Ethics rules require that I remove any information that might identify an individual be removed from documents. Therefore, if given permission I would use a scanned image with personal information removed. Thank you very much for considering my request.

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