With TOEFL scores averaging at 450, Thai students' proficiency in the English language appears to be the lowest in the Asean region.
In order to overcome this, academics are urging universities to seriously start strengthening students' English-language skills by making it a working language at their campuses.
"While, Thais' average TOEFL [Test of English as a Foreign Language] score stands at about 450; Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar have averaged at around 500. Malaysia and Singapore were even higher at approximately 550 on average," Sriwika Mekthavatchaikul said at a seminar on improving the capability and quality of universities ahead of the AEC.
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