On May 7, Mr. Shinnapat Phumrat, the Secretary General of the Office of the Basic Education Commission(OBEC), reported after the meeting of the executives that the results from following up performance effectiveness of the Offices of Educational Service Areas in the 30 districts that still do not have directors show that there are many management problems. For example, the quality of education is falling. The scores from the national test show us that the academic achievements of students in these areas are lower than national average. Their systems of school supervision and evaluation are also dragging. Technological skills of students in this group are at low and average level.
"They are very slow in taking care of students in remote areas, and slow in repairing educational tools and equipment. Furthermore, the indicators of basic education management show that their guidance and counseling work is of poor quality. The same is true with the relationship between schools and parent networks. We need to continue helping these areas,” Mr. Phumrat said.
The Secretary General of OBEC also added that from now on it is necessary to review the system of filling up the positions of educational service area directors. In the past, the selection of the person to take this position was based on seniority without considering their competency of leadership. As for the current problem of having no directors in these areas, OBEC will continue to coach and urge them to quickly solve the problem. In the present state, the lack of leadership is severely affecting the quality of education and has negative impacts on the students. OBEC will follow up and find more details, especially regarding their management problems. The participants at the meeting believe that having no directors causes ineffectiveness in many work processes such as budget reimbursement. Once more data has been collected they will be able to find a more concrete way to solve the problems.