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13 January 2010 :: 13:01:59 pm 6538

Students Petition PM Abhisit on Failing Education System

Watching Thai TV Broadcasts throughout the country, one wonders if parents realise the damage that is being inflicted on the future of Thailand, through the mismanagement of the countries education system. Our children’s lives are being put in danger due to the inequality in the community and the constant political strife that has been afflicting the Kingdom for several years now. If these “very real” issues are not rectified immediately, Thailand faces a very grim future.
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Thai Student councils have been pushing the government to take heed of their advice, and find a solution to the growing number of issues that are occurring within the countries education system, before they escalate out of control. Student councils were represented in this years’ Children’s Day festivities around the country with 6 representatives meeting with the Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, at Government House to discuss the issues affecting Thai children and the education system.

Representatives Present Their Appeals to Prime Minister Abhisit;

Master Somsak Suesat, a representative for the blind students in the community and Master Jakkrit Doungpank, from the Twilight School [weekend study school], posed a simple question to Mr. Abhisit: “Why do they have to spend so much time studying in schools, colleges and universities, only to find themselves unemployed?” Master Sueset went on to make a shocking statement where he suggested that the majority of the blind and physically disabled are extremely motivated to study and obtain a degree, only to end up working as a beggar on the street. The purpose of his statement was to request Mr. Abhisit to focus the government on creating an equal opportunities program to better provide jobs for the disabled.

Master Krongchon Juntala, a student from the North East [Isan] presented to Mr. Abhisit a slogan; “New Generation Slavery.” The purpose of which was to inform the PM of the growing drug problem afflicting the youth of the underprivileged rural regions of Thailand. Although the government has attempted to promote the “5 fences to protect the students” [border fence, community fence, school fence etc] they have failed in any attempts to keep the youth population out of the bars and adult entertainment establishments, often located in close proximity to the schools. Inadequate policing of the alcohol and tobacco laws and the governments lack of effort in this department, sees the youth of Thailand able to freely purchase cigarettes and alcohol from a very early age, without punishment. Master Juntala pleaded with Mr. Abhisit to take action in regards to the rising alcoholic and smoking issues affecting the Thai youth.

Next, Master Siriwat Na Ranong from the south presented his topic, “Society is falling to bits.” He explained to the PM that in the South, students were increasingly spending more time in the giant shopping malls which have expanded around the area, rather than attending school. Master Na Ranong also expressed the need for government action to be taken in relation to the increasing impact that the over-fishing of the regions seas was having on the environment. In addition Master Na Ranong has stated that the Southern Student Council was willing to work in conjunction with the government in any projects that they decide to undertake in relation to the aforementioned issues.

Master Natthanon Feungnakorn, student representative from the Central Thailand – namely Bangkok – presented the argument that the youth of the nation was being adversely affected by the digital media in Thailand. He continued by saying that the youth and general population are being negatively influenced by the Thai media, which for the most part is very one dimensional, overtly biased and over censored.  Master Feungnakorn suggested that more educational programs be put in place to help the population better understand the media and learn by analysis.

Master Natthawut Kumlah, student council representative from Northern Thailand,
presented a very short but sad statement to the PM, explaining the dire poverty that is affecting the North. Specifically, Master Kumlah highlighted the issues of birth, deaths and marriage registrations, education and quality of life – or lack thereof – that are the main problems affecting the Northern region of Thailand. Many residents in the North have no nationality due to having never been registered, go through life without education and live in dire poverty and squalor. Master Kumlah pleaded with Mr. Abhisit to urgently address the issues that are affecting the North, some of which are the very basic fundamentals of a civil, functioning society.

In Conclusion a very tearful Miss Nita Maha, student council representative from Pattani in the Deep South of Thailand, told of the terror and fear for safety that the students of this volatile region have to live with, everyday. They are escorted to and from school by armed escorts due to the political and religious turmoil that is afflicting the region. Miss Maha explained that the students and residence of the region are becoming increasingly used to the sound of gunfire over the sound of the school bell. Reports of teachers being slaughtered and schools being burnt to the ground are becoming common practice in the region. She continued by stating that the students in the South had the worse record of education in Thailand, due in part down to the simple lack of study time afforded as a result of the extremist situation that is affecting the area. Miss Maha asked on behalf of the southern students, that the government provide more experienced teachers and better provide employment for students upon completion of their studies. To conclude, Miss Maha stated that the problems affecting the region will never be solved without adequate and widespread education.

Prime Minister Abhisit announced that he had received the requests and concerns from the various student council representatives and that he would present them to the government ministers at the next assembly.

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