Thailand’s new education minister to expedite educational opportunities

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BANGKOK, Jan 25 – Education Minister Suchart Thada-Thamrongvech on Wednesday pledged to speed up expanding educational opportunities for Thai students.

Delivering a policy statement to education administrators, educators and support workers nationwide via live broadcast on his first day of work, the minister said he would expedite expanding educational opportunities for students to have equal access to education-related resources and funding sources.  He pledged to promote skills training, lifelong learning and efficient learning by utilising technologies.

The ministry will offer tablet personal computers for Grade 1 students, he said, adding that the project is underway as relevant officials are  coordinating with the Chinese government to reach a government-to-government agreement.

Apart from improving the learning process for students, the policy implementation will also help strengthen and improve teachers’ lives and resolve teachers’ debts.

Mr Suchart promised to tackle drug problems and education-related corruption in schools and educational institutions.

Before heading to the Teachers’ Council of Thailand to deliver the policy statement, the new minister earlier took a public bus to the Ministry of Education, saying he wanted the people to see him as an ordinary man like others who ride the buses.

Upon arriving at his office, Mr Suchart was warmly welcomed by ministry officials and supporters of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), also known as the Red Shirt movement.