Thailand to revise textbooks to include new king’s accession
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Thailand to revise textbooks to include new king’s accession

THAILAND’s Education Ministry will update textbooks used in schools and universities to include the accession of King Maha Vajiralongkorn or King Rama X, and the passing of his father and predecessor, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

According to the Nation, textbooks are being amended to ensure they are ready for use in the next academic year, which begins in May.

“We will have to update the name and rankings of royals too,” the ministry’s permanent secretary Chaipreuk Sereerak said Thursday.

The ministry met with officials from the Office of the Basic Education Commission, the Office of the Vocational Education Commission and the Office of Non-Formal and Informal Education on Thursday to discuss the revisions.

Work schedules need to be strictly observed to ensure deadlines are met, Chaipreuk told the Bangkok Post.

He added the deadlines for the revision process have all been set and final revisions must be sent to experts in related fields for checking in January.

Revised textbooks will be ordered in February and will also include related changes of content in social and religious studies, history, Thai language and the roles of good citizens, Chaipreuk said.

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King Vajiralongkorn was named the new Thailand king earlier this month after he accepted an invitation from Parliament to succeed his father Bhumibol who passed away in October at age 88.

Bhumibol was widely loved and regarded as a pillar of stability during decades of political turbulence and rapid development in the Southeast Asian nation.

King Vajiralongkorn has yet to command the kind of adoration that his father received from Thais and he has kept a much lower profile throughout most of his adult life.

Additional reporting from Reuters.