Thai Twitter is exploding in outrage today at the callous response from the Council of University Presidents of Thailand when a student asked about university admission exams due to Covid-19. Screenshots of a Facebook Messenger conversation went viral when they were posted on Thursday evening.
During the conversation, a worried female student asked if she should be infected with Covid-19 what would be the procedure if she could not pass the university admission exam which is administered on certain fixed dates. The student probably expected that in the midst of a two-year pandemic, universities would have contingency plans in place for the likely event that standard exam schedules were disrupted by Covid-19, either with closures, or school closures, or students or even teachers or test administrators diagnosed with the virus.
Instead, the screenshot of the Facebook Messenger conversation showed a council officer telling the high school student that if she got Covid-19 and was unable to take the test for admission on the set date, she should do so next year instead or apply for another major that does not require the admission test to be given on that day.
The response devoid of any empathy or even any effective plan to a likely scenario during a pandemic has sparked outrage online. The subject has become a trending topic on Twitter with hundreds of thousands tweeting angrily.
After the original screenshot went viral, other screenshots of the same conversation were posted, showing that the board really had no policy in place to handle a situation where an admissions exam was n could not take place due to circumstances beyond the contestant’s control involving Covid. -19.
Students online expressed frustration and disappointment with the board’s handling of the matter, the unsympathetic response, the lack of planning in academia and what appeared to be a completely indifferent stance on the part of the officer who helped the worried student.
SOURCE: Thai PBS World
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