Mr. Sermsak Pongpanit, Deputy Minister of Education, said that the government has a policy to provide quality education and has allocated a budget to support children from early childhood until they complete primary education. This budget should help reduce the tuition fees and the cost of learning tools, school uniforms, textbooks, and enabling activities in order that all Thai children have equal education opportunities. This year, the government wants to lighten the burden of parents who are facing changes in the economics so the Office of the Non-Formal and Informal Education is assigned to arrange a big sale of discounted school uniforms during May 2-12, 2013. The uniforms will be discounted from the price tags about30-70%.
"I reported this to Mr. Phongthep Thepkanjana, our Minister of Education, and he agreed with the idea. He also suggested that this type of sales should be arranged in other provinces as well, to lighten the burden of the parents,” said Sermsak.
Mr. Prasert Boonruang, Secretary General of Ministry of Education, received cooperation from many uniform stores and companies such as Samor, Somchainuk, Mammoth, Normchit, etc. The uniforms produced by the students of Clothing Construction Vocational Center will be on sale in this fair as well, with prices discounted by 70%. Whether similar types of sales will be arranged in other provinces will depend on their policies.