New regional timetable overlooks climatic differencesBangkok Post.
In anticipation of the ASEAN Economic Community, Thailand recently changed its university semester dates to match other countries in ASEAN. Under the new timetable, the first semester runs from August to December and the second semester from January to May. Universities are closed from June to July, rather than April and May, the hottest months.
Speaking at the annual meeting of the Assembly of Faculty Senate Chairs of Thailand, Rattakorn Kidkarn, the group's president, said "the change affects education quality in Thailand, particularly the second semester which runs during the hot season". Rattakorn said it is not suitable for students to learn in the hot season because universities have to pay more for air conditioning.
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