Preparation for the New Semester
Mr. Thepkanjana said that the participants at the meeting were informed of the unrest that affects education in the Southern border provinces of Thailand. He asked that all related government sectors coordinate with one another as well as with national security departments to prepare everything before the new semester starts. Next week, in the area that needs supervision from a higher authority, the Minister or the Deputy Minister of Education will be there to attend a meeting with the relevant sectors before schools start.
The Project for Teachers in Southern Border Provinces
During the meeting, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education who had set up the donation project to help teachers in the Southern Border Provinces, reported that the donated money had been given to the heirs of teachers and educational personnel killed in the area. On the first occasion, the sum of 7,600,000 baht had been divided and given to 76 people on March 28, 2013 at the C.S Pattani Hotel. The second time, 5,700,000 baht was given to 57 heirs of those who had been killed and 800,000 was given to 8 disabled government officers at Had Yai Palace Hotel on April 10, 2013. The total amount of financial aid was15,700,000 baht altogether. There were 12 people who did not receive any money. Nine of them did not have a contact address; two have not yet presented sufficient required documents, and one does not belong to the Ministry of Education.
Before the meeting, the Permanent Secretary received 100,000 baht from Mr. Chaiwat Anankawanich, the President of the “Book Boon Today” Group. He wished to donate the money to the “Fund for Teachers in Southern Border Provinces.” The money donated to the fund will be given to teachers who had been affected or injured from working in the three southernmost provinces of Thailand and their families or descendants. Ms. Wiparat Rattanalertnawee, the Director of the Office of the Permanent Secretary, will deposit the money in the bank account of the fund.
Project to Develop the Potential of Teachers in Southern Border Provinces
Mr. Thepkanjana said that everyone at the meeting had been informed of the results of the implementation of the project, which had been created to provide development, learning, and exchange of teaching experience for local teachers in public and private schools. The development can be grouped into three programs, which are:
1) An intensive Summer Camp for Teachers in the Southern Border Provincesduring April 17-26, 2013
2) Teaching Development Courses for700 primary teachers, to help them become “Teacher Tutors” in 5 subjects:Thai language, English Language, Malay Language, Mathematics, and Science
3) Potential Development Courses for High School Teachers, attended by 300 teachers in private schools that teach Islamic Religious Studies within the regular school curriculum. The program was to help them become “Teacher Tutors” for six subjects: Thai Language, English Language, Mathematics, Physics, and Biology. The period of the program was from April 29 – May 8, 2013.
In addition, the participants at the meeting also considered the preparation and installation of more security systems to increase safety for teachers and educational personnel in the three border provinces of the South.