BANGKOK, 25 June 2014 – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) asked the Ministry of Education on Wednesday to include reconciliation and unity-fostering programs in its budget request for the 2015 fiscal year, and to place importance on education in the Deep South and preparations for the ASEAN Economic Community.
Navy commander-in-chief Narong Phiphatthanasai, in his capacity as head of the NCPO’s social and psychological sector, on Tuesday deliberated the most recent Ministry of Education annual budget request with executives of the Ministry. The ministry has asked for 576 billion baht for fiscal year 2015.
Admiral Narong told the ministry executives to arrange a separate set of urgent-phase education policies, which would emphasize programs that promote reconciliation and unity. The ministry officials were also told to place emphasis on education reform that span from the kindergarten to the primary levels. Adm. Narong also stressed the importance of education in the southern border provinces and the preparations for the AEC integration, in the part of the Ministry Education.
The NCPO deputy chief and the Ministry of Education senior officials will deliberate the budget proposal in more detail again on Thursday.