Education Minister orders inspection of teachers’ professional licenses
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Education Minister, Nataphol Teepsuwan, says he has received numerous complaints, not only about cases of student abuse, but also about education fees and other issues. He has instructed the Office of the Private Education Commission (OPEC) to examine these issues and find solutions, including an inspection of the professional licenses of school teachers.
Mr. Nataphol said the commission is now focusing on three main issues. The first deals with physical abuse of students. According to the current regulations, violators are subject to warnings, probation, point deductions or taking part in behavioral adjustment activities. The second issue concerns babysitters, as they don’t have teaching duties. The third is tuition fees, which must comply with the rules and regulations. Furthermore, the Teachers’ Council will look into teachers’ professional licenses.
Concerning the possibility of closing down a school in connection with a student abuse case, the Education Minister said the impact would not only be felt by the affected students, but it would also affect other students and teachers. The ministry is seeking measures to address the problem, and it is possible that a committee will be set up to control the situation.
On a proposal to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in classrooms, the Education Minister insisted that the issue will be thoroughly considered because it may violate the rights of children.
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