The Deputy Minister of Education, Mr. Sermsak Pongpanit, recently reported that he had already urged the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) to integrate educational quality in terms of academic and moral issues. OBEC has to promote morality more than academic performance in schools throughout Thailand because morality is as crucial as academic competence. Moreover, the first day when he took the post of the Deputy Education Minister, Mr. Sermsak said that he would like to emphasize morality along with learning, particularly to youths and children in the country because they are the future of the nation. The better children are taught, the more effective they will be when they grow up.
"I'm planning to launch a project on good children which may work with Buddhist temples. Young participants in the project will attend a special practical course to boost their volunteerism. Now, only intelligent children are not enough because we need highly ethical ones, too," said Mr. Sermsak, adding that he would ask the relevant organizations to study how to launch and carry out the project in detail. However, existing programs like Buddhism schools and monk teachers of morality can continue as Mr. Sermsak strongly believes that they can help solve the problems on drugs, violence among Thai students and premature pregnancy effectively because students who join the programs will be spiritually immune and will be able to solve problems through the use of their consciences.