The Minister of Education, Mr. Phongthep Thepkanjana, presented the policy on the exam for teaching assistants at a seminar on exams for public teachers and educational personnel on 25 April 2013 at the Adriatic Palace Hotel in Bangkok. There were 500 participants from Offices of Education Service Areas, the Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC), the Office of Non-Formal and Informal Education, the Institute of Physical Education and other concerned public sectors in attendance at this event.
The Education Minister said that the exam for teaching assistants was crucial because it was a process for selecting good people to become role models for students in the future. The exam should be carried out with transparency, fairness and without any corruption.
As the Ministry of Education is responsible for creating good citizens, this examination will set an example that will make Thai people confident in effective ministerial work that will follow all regulations and rules without any cheating whatsoever. Moreover, Thai people should help the Ministry to monitor any wrongdoings. In cases where they find problems, they should inform the Minister of Education or the Office of the Prime Minister immediately so that history will not repeat itself.
For this exam, the Office of Teachers and Educational Personnel (OTEP) will use the same exam paper for the same education areas. One of the Local Education Area Offices will be the focal point for supervising its members. The supervising office should be systematic, straightforward and trustworthy in order to regain the confidence of the Thai public.
The Education Minister also asked the participants at the seminar to propose and recommend ways of solving problems with cheating in any admission exams which could be shared with any of the offices under the Ministry of Education's supervision.
"The current exam for teaching assistants will be different from the previous ones because Local Offices of Education Service Areas are using the same exam paper that other offices in their groups do. Each group will take care of its members so that exam proctor systems are transparent, fair and trustworthy. However, I'd like to ask all the relevant people to monitor this exam to prevent any problems that may occur," concluded Mr. Phongthep.