Archive For The “Culture” Category

Five Senior Monks Implicated In Temple Fund Fraud Scandal

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Five Senior Monks Implicated In Temple Fund Fraud Scandal

Three members of the Sangha Council and two other senior monks have been implicated in alleged involvement in temple fund embezzlement by the National Office of Buddhism. NOB director Pol Lt-Col Pongporn Pramsaneh has already lodged a complaint to the Counter Corruption Police Division (CCPD) against the five senior monks for alleged embezzlement of fund for renovation…

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Childhood Bill Could See The End Of Exams For Young Children

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Childhood Bill Could See The End Of Exams For Young Children

If the Early Childhood Bill sails through the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) this year, young children will be able to say goodbye to exams. “We hope it will be legislated in time for use in the 2019 academic year,” Assoc Professor Daranee Utairatanakit, a member of the Independent Committee for Education Reform (ICER), said in…

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Senior Education Official Admits To Stealing 88 Million Baht From Fund For Underprivileged Children

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Senior Education Official Admits To Stealing 88 Million Baht From Fund For Underprivileged Children

A senior education official has confessed that she embezzled Bt88 million from a state fund for underprivileged children, particularly those at risk of being lured into the sex trade. The embezzled amount is even greater than the money that had been paid to the intended recipients, which stood at a little over Bt77 million. “She…

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Siam Kid D School In Buriram A Shining Example Of What Young Children Can Achieve

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Siam Kid D School In Buriram A Shining Example Of What Young Children Can Achieve

Regular readers will be aware by now that I was  a primary school teacher in Blackpool for 34 years in a top private school. I have often been a critic of Thai education so it gives me great pleasure to bring you a school in Buriram that really delivers the goods. Siam Kid D School…

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New School Director In Trouble In Alleged Relationship With 14 Year-Old Schoolgirl

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New School Director In Trouble In Alleged Relationship With 14 Year-Old Schoolgirl

A 51-YEAR-OLD school director accused of having an inappropriate romantic relationship with a 14-year-old schoolgirl in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Bua Yai district has been transferred effective immediately. School director Nathapop Boonthongtho was transferred out of the school to an inactive post pending a disciplinary panel’s investigation. Nathapop did not show up at work this week. If…

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Teachers Who Exposed A School Director Who Allegedly Took Bribes Have Received Death Threats

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Teachers Who Exposed A School Director Who Allegedly Took Bribes Have Received Death Threats

Six Kalasin teachers, who recently exposed a school director for allegedly demanding and accepting bribes, have filed a police complaint claiming that they had received death threats and were now in fear for their own safety. The unnamed school director was accused of taking a Bt30,000 bribe from each teacher in exchange for approving special…

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Sports Day At Tessaban Isan Kindergarten In Buriram

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Sports Day At  Tessaban Isan Kindergarten In Buriram

Friday December 15 saw Tessaban Isan Kindergarten hold their annual sports day. Over a hundred two and a half to five year-olds assembled with their teachers and parents around 8.30am to await the arrival of guest of honour, school owner Khun Supod. As is his custom he was running late but he eventually arrived to…

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Harvest Time Modernizing In Thailand

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Harvest Time Modernizing In Thailand

The rice harvesting season is just about over and farmers large and small have been gathering in the precious crop throughout the Province. Having been raised on a farm in England, I am well aware of the importance of harvest time. The weather can be both friend and enemy. Rain is needed to make the…

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“Hello English!” Roadshow Completes Ten-School Tour

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“Hello English!” Roadshow Completes Ten-School Tour

A programme aimed at making English fun for students has just completed a tour of 10 schools in Thailand. The “Hello English! On Stage” programme was created and performed by NJ Digital which is under the Nation Multimedia Group umbrella. The programme, aimed at delivering English knowledge in an entertaining style for high-school students, has…

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Study Finds High Pesticide Levels In Local Food

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Study Finds High Pesticide Levels In Local Food

Following a recent article regarding pesticides in some supermarket produce, a more damning report has emerged. Recent research has disclosed that serious contamination from persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and herbicides in food and the environment poses health threats to the Thai public. The research, from Ecological Alert and Recovery – Thailand (EARTH) and Thailand Pesticide…

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