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According to news reports dishonesty in Thailand starts at an early age. In a recent survey 81% of youths questioned about honesty admitted that that they cheat in exams and 63% said they have signed a class attendance form for an absent classmate. Incredibly those surveyed can’t see anything wrong with these acts, according to a long-scale, long term survey of 4,000 people aged 15 – 24 in 21 provinces carried out by the Khon Thai Foundation and market research company GfK Thailand.
According to the survey 25% said they would be comfortable bribing a driving test official to get a driving license.
Family, friends and teachers were named as key influences to the values of respondents, in a potentially embarassing indicator of the quality of the upbringing of Thailand’s young.
Seventy-eight per cent of the 90 per cent of respondents said they were under stress and identified their studies as the cause.
Some 99 per cent of youths defined success as getting a good education and a well-paid job.
Social media has a big impact on their attitudes and behaviour. Respondents professed to spending about four hours a day chatting with friends, getting news and playing games online – which is just a little less than the time spent at school.
As a result, face-to-face interactions have been significantly reduced.
The full results of the survey that went on for five years will be officially announced on November 20th at the Sukosol Hotel in Bangkok.