As Chairman of ONESQA Executive Committee, I have a pleasure to inform our quality assurance stakeholders and the public that my colleagues of the Executive Committee and officers of ONESQA have been working very hard to tackle both developmental and transformational changes of quality assurance system for the Fourth Round External Quality Assessment to be implement from 2016 to 2020. This new round of EQA is considered a turning point for quality assurance in Thailand where IQA and EQA stakeholders have been participating in extensive consultation to redesign QA system that will best fit for Thai education.
During the past year, ONESQA Executive Committee has to react to a fast-changing educational circumstances, it is a dynamic course of action that we have to act determinedly to look for appropriate QA criteria and standards to meet international standards in accordance with international directions. At the moment, we have come to a conclusion that the quality criteria and standards will be decided by each individual educational institution and should be customized based on each institutional context while EQA will verify and audit education quality and standard of the institutions. Moreover, EQA will recognize individual differences of educational institutions and serve as empowerment for them to maximize their potentials and to encourage them to align with the international standards.
Currently, the government reforms education and learning of all ages of Thai people by encouraging lifelong learning with an aim that learner can acquire new knowledge and skills for employment. It is generally realized that quality of education is supposed to be able to solve existing social problems and enhance students’ competency to meet the need of the job market and cope with global changes and challenges of the 21st Century Learning. In addition, the Thailand 4.0 policy will require a skilled work force that is ready to face the challenges of an ever-changing 21st Century world to ensure that Thailand will remain competitive with the international communities.
Personally, I am honored to serve in this position and to play a supportive role in carrying out a task to redesign EQA system for the Fourth Round that conforms with the government policy and at the same time to satisfy the needs of stakeholders, especially, scholars, members of parliament, learners, educational personnel and administrators and parents. This is an important responsibility for all members of the Executive Committee to ensure that the challenges will be addressed carefully with pragmatic solution. With the personal and professional experiences of each member of the Executive Committee, I am certain that we will be able to raise Thailand education quality standards to be equivalent to the international standards.
Acting Committee Chairperson