The head of the Pattaya City Council tentatively approved purchase of seven rai of land to construct a new classroom building for Pattaya School No. 11.
During a Sept. 21 visit, Anan Ankanawisan said purchase of the privately owned land would be possible if the asking price did not exceed government appraisal. The matter will now be forwarded to the relevant departments to pursue, he said.
Principal Jirasak Jitsom said overcrowding is the biggest problem facing the school, which also is suffering a shortage of teachers after eight teachers passed a civil servant exam to earn a promotion to the city Education Department.
The biggest squeeze, Jirasak said, is in Mathayom 4-6, as School No. 11 receives high school students from Pattaya’s other 10 public schools. Currently there simply aren’t enough classrooms, he said.
Noppasit Char Nakhon of the Pattaya Education Department said the city would relieve School No. 11’s teacher shortage by having the eight newly promoted teachers return to the campus to teach classes until replacements are found.