On February 14, 2019, 9 a.m., Khon Kaen University signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cooperation between Khon Kaen University and Partnership School Project, Ministry of Education. Teaching innovations, Lesson Study and Open Approach were brought into the learning management in schools, under the Partnership School Project. ACM Prajin Juntong, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand chaired the MOU signing ceremony and Prof. Udom Kachintorn (MD), Deputy Minister of Education briefed the ceremony, alongside with the executives from Khon Kaen University. The executive team was led by Prof. Dr. Supachai Pathumnakul, Vice President for Innovation and Enterprise, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Maitree Inprasitha, Dean of Faculty of Education, Director of the Institute for Research and Development in Teaching Profession in ASEAN and Director of Center for Research in Mathematics Education, Asst. Prof. Nattapat Ananteerakul, Vice Dean for Administration, Faculty of Education, Asst. Prof. Piyasak Pakkothanang, Vice Dean for Planning, Faculty of Education, instructors and researchers from the Center for Research in Mathematics Education. They attended the MOU signing ceremony for “The Partnership School Project”, Batch 2, between the Monistry of Education and 27 supporting agencies at Santi Maitree Building (Outer building), the Royal Thai Government, Bangkok.
For “The Partnership School Project”, Batch 2, there were 84 schools and 27 supporting agencies attended in the project. Khon Kaen University was in charge of 4 schools, including Khu Kham Pittayasan School, Khon Kaen Province, Baan Bueng Niem Bueng Krai Noon Ta Hin School, Khon Kaen Province, Baan Non Saen Kham Nong Sala Sri Sa Ard School, Sri Saket Province, and Baan Non Koon School, Sri Saket Province.
The Partnership School Project reached the conclusion on November 8, 2017. Mr. Mechai Viravaidya and Professor Emeritus Thienchai Kiranan were appointed to drive the Project in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, with the concept of innovation creation for educational institute management, under the cooperation between the Ministry of Education and companies, foundations, organizations or institutes that supported, provided resources and involved in the management for educational institutes which were extended parts of the Pracharath School. Educational quality leverage was focused, in alignment with the study results and comments from Thailand Development Research Institute. It was suggested that development targets needed 4 strategies, consisting of 1) Student quality development, 2) Teacher development, 3) Educational institute development, and 4) Management quality development.
Main principles of the Partnership School Project are to help schools to be dynamic and have management ability in order to improve school quality, learning proficiency and prepare students to be ready for their future. In addition, schools are improved and developed to become the whole life learning resources for communities. This is to create opportunities for thorough development, reducing gaps in education. Relevant parties in the area and community work in collaboration with freedom in 3 aspects, as follows:
1. Freedom in curriculum designing in the proportion of 30% of studying hours, leading to school prototype for the future, job creation for students, connection and problem solving of communities.
2. Freedom in teaching design, focusing on critical thinking. Teachers must adapt teaching style by questioning students to practice thinking and bringing students into real-life studying situations and locations.
3. Freedom in self-management: The partnership schools are special because they can directly report to the Secretariat of Office of the Basic Education Commission. Regulations are unlocked to be more dynamic. Educational Institute Committee is composed of representatives from 4 sectors, civil society sector, local sector, private sector and universities. The representative from the private sector is appointed as the President of Educational Institute Committee in order to bring modern working concept in use to enhance efficiency in the school management, speeding up to the school targets.