OPEC Plan of Work, 2017

     The Minister of Education Gen. Dapong Ratanasuwan, along with ministerial executives, visited the Office of the Private Education Commission (OPEC) to attend a meeting on 3 November 2016, in which the main item on the agenda was the presentation of the OPEC work plan for 2017.

     According to the OPEC Secretary General, Mr. Kritchai Arunrat, OPEC now supervises two types of private schools. The first one includes 3,845 private schools in the general education system, 161 of which deliver international education approved by the Thai Minister of Education. The second type involves 6,119 non-formal private schools where short courses are taught, 478 Po-Noh schools and 2,102 Islamic schools.

     The main objectives of the private schools are to provide students with quality education and to facilitate the work of public schools. Many students from private schools have achieved as much academic success as those from public ones.

For the next fiscal year of 2017, OPEC will address the following issues:

  • The adjustment of financial support for individual students

  • The promotion of better conditions in small private schools

  • The reduction of taxation on private schools

  • The upgrading of the English language skills of students of private schools

  • The improvement of the quality of students in private schools

The Minister of Education said that there were two strategies that OPEC, as the regulator of private education, should implement. These are:

  1. The strengthening of private schools by allocating 95.16% financial support to private school management, providing training for teachers of mathematics and general sciences, promoting ethics and morality within private schools, encouraging cooperation between private schools and universities as well as increasing salaries for teachers in private schools.

  2. The maintenance of the standard of private school education management which includes the supervision of inland revenue payments from tutoring schools, the promotion of digital technology for education, and the consideration of license issuance for the establishment of private schools.

     The Minister said that all policies should be carried out by every office in the Ministry of Education. That is why all staff members of OPEC are important in the mobilization of private education. In addition, private schools should encourage and promote the learning of Thai history as well.

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