679 schools fail to meet stan­dards

Bangkok Post - - NATIONAL -

At least 600 of more than 4,500 schools seek­ing to be in­cluded on a school stan­dard en­hance­ment pro­gramme pro­vide poor ed­u­ca­tion qual­ity, ac­cord­ing to the Of­fice of the Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion (Obec), which is in­tro­duc­ing the scheme.

A to­tal of 679 schools do not meet the stan­dards, Obec sec­re­tary-gen­eral Ka­roon Sakul­pra­dit said yes­ter­day.

They were among 4,518 schools na­tion­wide screened by the agency for the so­called In­ten­sive Care Unit (ICU) project which aims to help schools that need ur­gent qual­ity de­vel­op­ment.

Of the 4,518 schools seek­ing to go through the pro­gramme, 679 have poor ed­u­ca­tion qual­ity, 2,490 lack school build­ings or teach­ing ma­te­ri­als due to in­suf­fi­cient bud­gets, 1,040 have teacher short­ages, 103 have man­age­ment prob­lems, while the rest are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing var­i­ous other is­sues.

The schools tak­ing part in the ICU project are among 30,717 schools un­der Obec’s su­per­vi­sion.

Of the schools look­ing to join the ICU scheme, 4,206 come un­der the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Ed­u­ca­tion Ser­vice Area Of­fice, while the re­main­ing 312 are su­per­vised by the Se­condary Ed­u­ca­tional Ser­vice Of­fice.

Mr Ka­roon said a panel over­see­ing the project, chaired by ed­u­ca­tion per­ma­nent sec­re­tary Chaipreuk Sereerak, would an­a­lyse con­di­tions in each school and as­sess which ones need most help.

The panel of ed­u­ca­tion ex­perts can also pro­pose more schools, which they feel re­quire de­vel­op­ment, be in­cluded in the pro­gramme.

Af­ter the panel gath­ers the names of all schools to be in­cluded in the ICU project, it will sub­mit the list to Mr Chaipreuk for con­sid­er­a­tion be­fore its for­warded to Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Teer­akiat Jare­on­set­tasin for ap­proval, he said.

Schools dam­aged by floods in the South may also be in­cluded if they need ex­ten­sive re­pairs and in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments, ac­cord­ing to Mr Ka­roon.

Obec says cer­tain prob­lems af­fect­ing some the schools seek­ing help could be ad­dressed by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

Mr Ka­roon said fund­ing to cover for main­te­nance costs of some flood-rav­aged schools has al­ready been dis­bursed.

He also said some schools un­der the ICU pro­gramme al­ready re­ceive an an­nual ed­u­ca­tion im­prove­ment bud­get pro­vided by Obec.

If these schools are ad­mit­ted to the ICU scheme, the im­prove­ment fund they are al­lo­cated can be read­ily trans­ferred for use un­der the ICU pro­gramme.

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