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MOE Approves Compensation for Teachers and Educators

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     On 7 November 2016, the Minister of Education, Gen. Dapong Ratanasuwan, along with the Deputy Permanent Secretary of Education,  Mr. Phitsanu Tulsuk, reported the approval given by the Ministry of Education to pay for the funerals of teachers and educators.

     As a result of  a committee meeting to discuss funerals for teachers and educators on 20 October 2016, the Office of the Welfare for Teachers and Educators would like to give assistance to teachers and educators who have pensions of under 10,000 baht. The meeting approved of paying them compensation. Those who will be entitled for the payment should be members of at least 40 years standing. Currently, there are 70,110 individuals with 40 years of membership and 5,094 people who have been members for 75 years. Those who would like to join need to sign the relevant document.

A funding center will work on these financial matters in the near future. Official regulations regarding this compensation will be established.

The Minister of Education said that, in the past, some members were so old that they forgot to pay their membership fees for 3 months, thus canceling their membership automatically.

This situation is not fair for those who have paid regularly all their lives, so this idea is effective for those who forget to pay.

     In terms of regulations for membership, those who are over 35 years of age cannot be members. However, the Office of the Welfare for Teachers and Educators will consider ways to allow them to become members.

Finally, the Minister talked about the problems of Thai teachers relating to debt, saying that the Ministry of Education should create a working group to solve the problema strategically. This will be done next month because the aim of the Ministry is to make all Thai teachers happy.

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Strategic Budget Management of MOE

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     The Minister of Education, Gen. Dapong Ratanasuwan, along with ministerial executives, attended a meeting regarding ways to manage the budget under an integral strategy at the Ministry of Education on 4 November 2016.

     According to the Deputy Minister of Education, Mr. Chaiyot Imsuwan, budget management on education aims to provide learners with a high-quality standard education so that they have critical and analytical thinking skills as well as an interest in life-long learning. The major indicators for the national fiscal year include the following:

  1. The competitive ability of Thailand with regard to education in 2017 needs to increase from the previous years
  2. More students should pass the O-Net exam with scores of more than 50%
  3. The percentage of working people between 15 and 59 years old with education at lower secondary level should increase.

     There are six working plans to achieve this goal. The first one concerns the development of learning and teaching curricula. The second is the development of educational high-quality systems and standards. The third is the promotion of teacher and educator training. The fourth one aims to create human resources that are suitable for national development. The fifth is the improvement of media and digital technology for education and life-long learning. The last one is to promote educational access and services for life-long learning.

All the ministerial offices have to fill out the forms on national budget and return them to the Ministry for consideration.

     The Minister of Education said that educational work related to that of other ministries and organizations. So, this meeting will enable the participants to have an overview of the work of Ministry of Education. In addition, the Ministry of Education will use the National Education Framework 2017 to 2031 for proposals to the cabinet as well. The Framework has five goals: 1. Educational access, 2. Educational equality, 3. Educational quality, 4. Educational efficiency and 5. Educational for change.

The Minister also asked the ministerial offices to revise their budget plans and use the budget allocated wisely and effectively. He also talked about two important issues:

  • Cooperation regarding pre-school children between the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Basic Education Commission as well as the local administrative organizations of the Interior Ministry; and
  • A standardized database of learners so that the number of Thai students can be counted and listed correctly. Currently, the Ministry of Education is working on this.
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Cooperation between OVEC and Toyota Motor Thailand

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     Mr. Suthep Chitayawong, Secretary-General at the Office of the Vocational Education Commission, announced that the Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC) has been cooperating with Toyota Motor Thailand Co., Ltd. for the last five years, in order to produce personnel for automotive body reparation and color coating as required by the company. The fourth stage of the academic cooperation has been improved and is now more efficient and continuous. This cooperation also encourages activities for saving the environment as a part of the teaching and learning process.

The following ten vocational institutes have participated in this cooperation:

- Nakorn Luang Polytechnic College
- Ratchaburi Polytechnic College
- Chiang Mai Polytechnic College
- Nakhon Ratchasima Polytechnic College
- Songkhla Polytechnic College
- Kanlasin Polytechnic College
- Chonburi Polytechnic College
- Chumphon Polytechnic College
- Samut Prakarn Polytechnic College
- Ubon Ratchathani Polytechnic College

     The company has given its support by providing modern equipment and tools such as automotive body parts and repair tools, double-action color polishers, washer welding machines, tool cabinets, and maintenance manuals. Teachers and faculties of the colleges will be trained in the use of modern technology for automotive body reparation and color coating so that they can pass on this knowledge to students. The color company which participated in this project also supported Toyota and provided colors for the colleges to use in automotive color reparation practice sessions.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 08:56

Blackened Umbrellas with Painting of Thai Number 9: Service from Voluntary Scouts

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     Voluntary scouts set up the tent at the Royal Field (Sanam Luang) as the service point for people to paint their umbrellas black as new ones. This concept was initiated because there is no tent or shade for people who came to pay respect to the late king Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Grand Palace. However, they can bring their own umbrellas. The umbrellas will be painted using high quality black color. The voluntary scouts will also finely paint the Thai numeric of 9 in distinguished color on the black-color background of the umbrellas. 

     The tent was located in the Northern zone no. 36. There were various professionals such as lawyers, doctors, nurses, and students from many institutes as anonymous volunteers to join painting umbrellas for people. This activity is social service dedicated to Phrabat Somdet Phra Poramintharamaha Bhumibol Adulyadej (the late king Bhumibol Adulyadej).

     Dr. Arthorn Janthawimol, 73, President of the Thai Scouts Promotion Foundation said that public work or volunteerism is responsibility of scouts. Before this activity, the foundation led volunteers and scouts to pick up garbage at the Royal Field and help moving wheelchairs for those who are disabled or the elderly.

     Regarding painting umbrellas, he commented that umbrellas were made from various types of cloths. Therefore, some types of color cannot be durable because umbrellas are always exposed to sun and rain. Consequently, he consulted with entities, including the Automotive Body Color Association, but without success. Finally, the group of voluntary scouts found the best formula of color which cannot be revealed here, in order to prevent inappropriate adaptation causing bad results to umbrellas. 

     The umbrellas will be painted delicately in unique designs by well-trained volunteers. The volunteers must be patient in this activity and always clean up location for tidiness. Once we have generosity to others, we can pass on happiness to them which can reflect to ours also. 

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