Parents pay 'high price' for quality education in Thailand

Child's access to a good school depends on how much 'support fee' his parents pay

Twenty years ago, just like any other mother who wants to give her child only the best, Mrs Opiwan Hongladaromp forked out 200,000 baht so that her then seven-year-old daughter could be enrolled in a well-known private school in Bangkok.

In the application form, there was an item called "education support fee", which she had to fill in.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 07, 2018, with the headline 'Parents pay 'high price' for quality education in Thailand'. Print Edition | Subscribe