The Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) is the autonomous agency under the Ministry of Education, responsible for the development and improvement of national curriculum, educational media and tools, standard and quality assessment on science, mathematics and technology education at the basic education level. IPST is also tasked with re-training teachers and students, promoting talents and advising science, mathematics and technology education policy.
IPST works closely with a wide range of stakeholders including government education authorities, teachers, principals, students, community and general public to ensure the comprehensive, efficient and sustainable science learning and teaching, and cultivate the scientific thinking culture in our children. IPST partners and collaborates with regional and international organizations as well as individual science and mathematics educators and professionals in sharing knowledge and best practices to continuously improve Thailand's science education to world-class standard.
The Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) was established on 16th January 1972 by the Announcement of the National Executive Council no. 42 dated 16th January 2515 B.E. The initial funding and technical support came from the United National Development Programme (UNDP) with precise objectives to made science curricula more responsive to the needs of the modern economy, increase the effectiveness of the methods of learning and develop training program focused on enhancing skills appropriate to modern methods of teaching and learning. Then by virtue of the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology Act 2541 B.E. (1998), and amended in 2548 B.E. (2005) (second issue), IPST has become an autonomous entity with the budget support and policy guidance from the Ministry of Education.
An autonomous entity with budget support and policy direction from the Ministry of Education
IPST is a transformational leader in science, mathematics and technology education for both formal and informal in order to support students to reach their full potential and become science, mathematics and technology-literate citizens, skilled professionals and leading scientists to face future challenges.
IPST has been established with the following objectives
To initiate, execute, coordinate and promote the study and research of curricula, teaching and learning techniques and evaluation in sciences, mathematics and technology at all educational levels with focus on basic education.
To promote, coordinate and execute human resources training for teachers, instructors, lecturers, students and university students on the teaching and learning and research of science, mathematics and technology.
To promote, coordinate and execute research, development and preparation of text books, exercises, academic papers, all supplementary materials as well as production of equipment and materials for teaching science, mathematics and technology.
To promote total quality assessment and assurance system development for science, mathematics and technology education.
To develop and promote science, mathematics and technology talents as well as outstanding and talented science, mathematics and technology teachers.
To advise governmental and non-governmental agencies and offices involved in education provision specifically about their authorities and duties relating to science, mathematics and technology education described in above items.
Innovation, Professionalism, Service Excellence, Team Synergy and Quality
Strategy 1: Develop science, mathematics and technology (SMT) curricula, learning materials and learning processes that emphasize on hands-on learning and enhancing better understanding among students with various learning abilities through the use of technology
Strategy 2: Drive and upgrade SMT teaching and learning through IPST’s network to ensure quality of SMT education nationwide
Strategy 3: Promote SMT teaching and learning processes that highlight on hands-on activities and provide practical understanding among the learners for both formal and informal education
Strategy 4: Commit in the development and promotion of SMT talents to become future manpower for national development in support of Thailand 4.0 national policy
Strategy 5: Reform corporate image and constantly works alongside stakeholders to strengthen IPST’s position as a transformational leader in SMT education
Short-term (2010-2011) - maintain the same level of national test score Medium-term (2012-2016) – increase the national test score by more than 50% Long-term (2017-2027) – increase the national test score by more than 60% The International test score stands above average, or within top ten world ranking
IPST Governing Board led by
Professor Dr. Prasart Suebka, Chairman of the Board