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�Matthagnom Six� students need one more year at school

(KPL) Upper secondary school students who have passed Year Six are obliged to take one more year before they go to higher educational institutes, said Director of the Secondary School Department.

�The first semester of the secondary school Year Seven is going to open in September this year,� said Mr. Li Fong. �The Ministry of Education has told its affiliate bodies across the country to prepare classrooms and other related infrastructures as well as educational equipment, textbooks and teachers for the teaching and study of the �Matthagnom Seven� class.� Around 45,800 across the country are expected to finish �Matthagnom Six� this year.

From next academic year, students will spend seven years in secondary schools instead of six.

The addition of one more year to the secondary school system is among the efforts by the government to improve the quality of education in the country.

�This will help reduce the schooling expenditure of parents on their children because they need not pay the tuition fees at pre-university class like before,� said Mr. Li.

Students that finish �Year Seven� � secondary school�s Year Seven, can enrol in the university�s first year.

Accounting, management and computer use are among the key subjects to be taught at �Year Seven� to enable students to do a job if they don�t go on their study at higher educational institutes.

�We have faced some challenges in preparation for our �Year Seven� teaching and study. These include the improvement of curriculum, the lack of schooling infrastructures and teachers,� said Mr. Li.

The ministry needs at least 3,000 teachers with bachelor�s degree to ensure its �Year Seven� education.


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