Thailand’s Miss Universe contest is underway this week and one contestant is drawing cheers both offline and online for her answer to a question about the Thai education system.
Speaking on Monday, contestant Cindy Alexandra Hanggi was asked about the Thai education system during a Q and A session in front of a live audience.
The contestant took the opportunity to point out the deficiencies within the system and asked why it was that Thai students had to “spend so much time studying.”
“The things we study do not help us get into universities so we have to spend all our free time tutoring and studying outside the school to get into the faculty we want.”
Education reform has been a hot button topic with student protests erupting across the country for the past three months. Among the student’s grievances is an educational system that has favoured rote learning over critical thinking.
Students protesting throughout the country have called for educational reform to replace a system that they say is designed to create drones and not free-thinking citizens.