The most stupid survey ever : “98,2 % of people agree with free education”

Sorry to bother you with such a derisory news… But during crisis times, it’s good and healthy to laugh. A little bit. 😉

The government’s Propaganda Staffel (the National News Bureau of Thailand) is happy to deliver.

The National Statistic Office indicated that 98.2 percent of people were satisfied with the government’s 15 year free education policy, said Education Minister Jurin Laksanawisit.

Mr. Jurin indicated that the National Statistic Office had surveyed the opinions of 7,800 people nationwide on the government’s 15 year free education scheme. He said the survey showed that 98.2% of the respondents were satisfied with the policy, while 97.9% would like the policy to be continued. (PRD)

You have to figure that those stupid civil servants, and their masters, are paid. Paid to order and to conduct such insanely stupid opinion “survey”. Breathtaking.

And I’m wondering : why only 98,2 % ? It’s a great mystery. Why not 100 % ? Or even 140 % ? Yeah, 140 % would definitely sound better. 😉

Here are a few suggestions for future official surveys (along with their results) :

-Would you like to die tomorrow ? 350 % of people surveyed strongly disagree.

-Do you like to eat ? Only 99,99 % of thai people agree. Strange.

-Do you like the stupid smile of our dashing Prime Minister Abhisit ? Ouch… only 85 % agree. That’s bad.

Thailand ? Irreplaceable ! 😉

And this is why we love this country.

9 Responses to “The most stupid survey ever : “98,2 % of people agree with free education””


  1. 1 Bedwyr 20 June 2009 at 9:36 am

    It is basic psychology. if you want to suggest 100%, you dont say 100% because nobody will believe it. You dont say 99% either for the same reason. The number picked is nearly always 98%.

    Then to suggest a precision that does not exist, you add some points to it. Now you cant add more than 5 points because that rounds up to 99% (see above) and that is no good, so you want a low number. The number is nearly always 2.

    Voila! 98.2%

    The fake number that looks real.

    You gotta love those Thais.

    Bedwyr

  2. 2 MongerSEA 20 June 2009 at 11:20 am

    The 1.8% who disagree probably misunderstood the question.

    It’s a well-established fact that people esteem more highly that which they pay for over that which they are given. Perhaps one way to improve Thailand’s abysmal primary and secondary educational system is to charge a nominal fee, and just maybe parents — a few at first anyway — might demand some improvements as paying customers rather than recipients of charity.

    A second major step would be to get the teachers and administrators out of uniforms, to begin breaking down the perception of these frequently incompetent individuals as unchallengeable authority figures.

  3. 3 fall 20 June 2009 at 12:57 pm

    It says “satisfied with the policy”… have to be careful about wording on this one. Does it mean policy AND implementation, or just the general idea?

    A detail of sample demographic and actual questions would shed light, but with lack there of. A benefit of the doubt on lost in translation?

  4. 4 antipadshist 20 June 2009 at 1:07 pm

    there are a lot of discussions and interviews about this “free education” matter on Thai TV.

    and the thing is … shsssshhhhh! don’t tell anybody:

    it is NOT so free !

    that’s what THE PEOPLE (aka “khon tamada” – ordinary folks) say repeatedly while being interviewed.

    because there are so many more other expenses which are COSTLY – like text books alone. not to mention uniforms etc.

    I forget what else they have mentioned. next time I’ll pay more attention and update here.

    so, the “free education” gimmick is a blatant PROPAGANDA.

  5. 5 chang dek 20 June 2009 at 5:15 pm

    @antipadshist
    You forgot to mention that all important item one is required to put discreetly in an envelope and give to your teacher just before he or she grades your exam.

  6. 6 chang dek 21 June 2009 at 4:16 am

    the second posting is not mine, and it looks it links to a virus.

  7. 7 ThaiCrisis 21 June 2009 at 5:06 am

    [yeap, sorry Chang Dek. It’s like a robot that copies previous comments. I’ve deleted it]

  8. 8 antipadshist 21 June 2009 at 2:14 pm

    THAILAND: HOW TO MAKE IT FIT FOR DEMOCRACY
    http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/146696/thailand-how-to-make-it-fit-for-democracy

    On May 21, a woman barged into Government House and confronted Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva as he was giving an interview to the press. The woman, Anusakorn Coksherval, 43, charged the prime minister with neglecting the people in favour of playing politics.

    The startled prime minister denied the charges, saying he had always put the people first. To which, she retorted: “Not true!”

    She angrily continued her barrage on self-serving political culture, politicians bickering over the constitution and personal/party interests. She added that her five-year-old daughter had been getting a poor education from a state school. Free schooling or not, a bad education is a bad education. So bad that she had taken her daughter out of school and attempted to enroll her in a private school. However, she lacks the funds for private school tuition, and bank loans have too many restrictions. She said she contacted the prime minister’s office for assistance earlier that day, but was told to submit a written plea and return in 60 days to follow up _ which she could not accept.

    well, I am not surprised at all. because anyone more or less using their brains would know the BASCI truth:

    1) there is NOTHING “Free” in this world nowadays
    (well, only perhaps except of opinions expressed on blogs and forums)
    2) if something is claimed to be “Free” – there must always be some catch, which would show that in reality that “Free” thing is not exactly Free, or may be not at all.

    there is a saying in English which I like :
    Cheap things not good, good things not cheap

    and this woman Anusakorn mentioned in that article proves that this principle is true for Thailand too, may be especially so!

    so, if the “cheap things” are not good – then what to say about “Free” things ! 😉

    but of course, PM Abheesh1t is being oh so clever to bullsh1t people so blatantly about “put the people first” crap and “Free” education. well, what to excpect from a man who is shamelessly calls himself a “Democrat” despite all the very undemocratic things and actions he has done, said and supported !

  9. 9 ThaiCrisis 21 June 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Abhisit sounds like a broken vinyl record… Like a broken robot that repeats words, with no meaning whatsoever : “Democracy”, “people first”, education”, “justice”, “economic growth” etc.

    This guy makes me puke !

    At least, Samak was a pig. Proud of it. But he was not trying to bullshit us with big and empty words. You know what I mean ?

    From that point of view, Abhisit is evil. Words, words, words. He wants to put us at sleep. Abhisit is a sleeping pill. And his horrible smile ! 😉

    But the Potemkine Village starts to crumble… The veil of illusions starts to fall.

    In any case, the economic crisis will be the Nemesis of this puppet.


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