This study was aimed toinvestigate current conditions inprimary education for children of immigrant-worker parents in Sa Kaeo Province, Thailand,in order to find out problems and obstaclethat occurred among these students.The qualitative research used in the study was designed with an in-depth interview technique.The participantswere 20 students,20 student's parents, and 6 teachers who taught in the selected school.The purposive selection sampling was used in s this study, where the data analysis was acontent analysis.It was found thatmost of students were Cambodians where the occupation of parents was mostly mercenaries.They used their own local languages at home while Thai language was used mostly at school.They had high intention in class. The teacher tried to teach and take care all of them equally, but sometime teachers did probably not attend them equallyaccording to the thoughtful of Thai parents. All children were preferred to study and work in Thailand more than in their homeland. Other problems and obstacle for them were the movement of their parents to find a job where most of them had to move with their parents; hence they quit their study. The language barrier wasone of the communication problems among them. It is recommended thatthe Ministry of Education of Thailand should create a central course or international course for students from other countries, since the education in primary school through higher education should include the training of ASEAN language for Thai teachers.
Wichit Saengsawang, Rajabhat Rajanagarindra University, Thailand
Nawasanan Wongprasit, Rajabhat Rajanagarindra University, Thailand
Stream: Immigration, Refugees, Race, Nation
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