The Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) is the independent authority under the Ministry of Education, responsible for the development of national curriculum, educational media and tools, standard and quality assessment on science, mathematics and technology education from elementary to upper secondary schools. IPST is also tasked with re-training teachers and students, promoting science talents and advising science 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.
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 Program (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.
Over the years, the scope of IPST work has evolved from six areas (Agriculture, Industry, Home Economics and Crafts, Mathematics, General Science, and Physical and Biological Sciences which further branched into Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Physical Science) to embrace new technology, academic support, standard setting, and special projects.
To raise Thai students' competence in science, mathematics and technology to international standards
IPST has been established with the following objectives:
1. To initiate, execute, coordinate and promote the study and research of curricula, teaching & learning techniques and evaluation in sciences, mathematics and technology at all educational levels with focus on basic education.
2. To promote, coordinate and execute human resources training for teachers, instructors, lecturers, students and university students on the teaching & learning and research of science, mathematics and technology.
3. To promote, coordinate and execute research, development and preparation of text books, exercises, academic papers, all supplementary materials as well as production of science equipment and materials for teaching science, mathematics and technology.
4. To promote total quality assessment and assurance system development for in-school science, mathematics and technology education;
5. To develop and promote science, mathematics and technology talents as well as outstanding and talented science, mathematics and technology teachers.
6. 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 1-5 above.
Strategy 1: Raising the quality of SMT curriculum and organization of learning experiences to internationally accepted standards
Strategy 2: Driving integrated learning and developing students' analytical thinking skills with innovative learning mechanisms
Strategy 3: Developing manpower and support network for efficient and effective organization of learning experience
Strategy 4: Proactive communication and public relations to promote science, mathematics and technology learning
Strategy 5: Improving management and IT systems for higher quality and performance of IPST and staff by means of competency-based human resource management system