On 22 May 2013, the Secretary General of the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC), Mr.Chinnapat Bhumirat, responded to a question asked by journalists regarding his receipt of an official document regarding the appointment of an investigation committee to look into the case of cheating in the recent assistant teacher exam. He said that he had not yet received it and he would like to consider an appeal for the case and its necessity.
When asked why OBEC did not follow any legal procedures to tackle the case of exam leaks, Mr. Chinnapat said that he would give information to the investigating committee himself because some details might lead to confusion if he provided it at that point in time..
The chair of the investigating committee in the case Mrs. Panita Kamphu Na Ayutthaya, said that the Minister of Education had also asked the committee to interrogate two more OBEC executives: the Deputy Secretary General of BEC, Mr. Anan Ra-ngabthuk and the Inspector-General of Education Mr. Suthep Chittayawong, as the former assistant of the BEC Secretary-General. Both will be interrogated regarding disciplinary acts and corruption.
According to a news report from the Ministry of Education, the two executives from OBEC were interrogated and Mr. Suthep was found innocent because, at the time when the incident took place, he had had an accident and had broken his arm. He returned to work after the exam results had already been submitted to Local Offices of Education Service Areas.