OBEC urged schools to rein in Euro 2012 betting among students


BANGKOK, 13 June 2012  – A government agency in charge of basic education promotion has called for stricter control over football betting among students, as the Euro 2012 championship is now underway. 

The Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) Secretary-General Chinnapat Bhumirat said that OBEC executives, on Tuesday, discussed the shared concerns of widespread football betting during the time of the football buzz, brought on by the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2012, is in full swing.

Mr. Chinnapat said that the meeting agreed to issue a memorandum to all schools under OBEC supervision to ask teachers and school staff to step up control over gambling among students while the matches continue.

According to the OBEC Secretary-General, parents and families should also pay attention to their children and to report any suspicion of football betting to the Ministry of Education hotline number of 1579 or to the Semarak Center at 02-6281684.

However, Mr. Chinnapat said that OBEC has not received any report on match betting by students since Euro 2012 began last weekend.