The Minister of Education, Mr. Phongthep Thepkanjana, chaired the opening ceremony of, "One Decade of Educational Management in Sri Saket," organized by the Local office of Education Service Area 2 on 26 April 2013. The Secretary General of the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC), Mr. Chinnapat Bhumirat and the Inspector General of Education, Ms. Jirapan Punkasem, also attended the event.
After the opening ceremony, Mr. Phongthep complimented the organizer for upgrading local education to the leading standard in Thailand which is reflected through the good learning achievements of students in Sri Saket and their three consecutive year award-winning talent.
Then, the Minister of Education recommended the following policies on educational management:
- The progress of curriculum reform - at present, Special Prof. Phavich Thongrot chairs a weekly meeting on this topic. Work is being done so actively that, within the next five months, a new reformed curriculum will be completed and teachers will be informed how to use them according to the goal of creating new generations of Thai students. Before using the curriculum, public hearings will be conducted for all Thai people.
- Student study hours - nowadays, Thai students have more study hours than those in other counties, thus making them stressed out. These study hours need to be reduced because some subjects are unnecessary for Thai students while others are too profound for young people. The students should learn more mathematics and general sciences which are subjects that can be used in their daily lives.
- Changing the title of Thammasat University - Initially named, "Thammasat University and Political Sciences", the university offers courses on law, politics and other relevant subjects. After the Ministry of Education proposed a drafted act of Thammasat University again to the Cabinet, some members of the Thai parliament wondered why the old title of the university could not be used again. An answer to the question is that the old title contains the term, "political sciences" which implies that the university may be a political university although it actually is not.
The "One Decade of Educational Management in Sri Saket" aims to honor organizations and educational personnel who have contributed to Sri Saket and to allow all participants to share their knowledge of classroom management. It also features a display of good educational works and reports on the development of educational quality for the relevant organizations and the public by educational administrators, teachers, educators and students of the province. Their contributions result in the fifth rank for Grade 6 students and the 14th rank for Grade 9 students in the academic year 2011. In addition, the Local Office of Education Service Area 2 won the first gold medal for the northeast of Thailand at the 62nd Handicraft Festival for students in northeastern Thailand and the Student Handicraft competition of the academic year 2012.