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Bodindecha parents complain to govt again
« on: September 26, 2012, 11:38:07 AM »
Parents who protested so their children could continue studying at the prestigious Bodindecha (Sing Singhaseni) School complained of discriminatory treatment yesterday and demanded the Education Ministry step in again to help.


"Our children have not yet received their student ID cards. They also did not receive their academic reports," one of the parents said yesterday.

The parent's child is among the 36 students admitted to the school's afternoon programme, which was started especially for them following the protest.

Bodindecha (Sing Singhaseni) School initially refused to allow the grade-nine graduates to study in its senior secondary programme on the grounds that their academic records weren't good enough. The students and parents countered that the school's management had insinuated that not enough "tea money" had been paid.

After a protest, and a hunger strike at the Education Ministry, the students were admitted back to Bodin in the afternoon programme.

"We want normal-student status," a parent said on condition of anonymity yesterday.

Accompanied by many other parents, the parent brought the afternoon-class students to Deputy Education Minister Sakda Kongpet.

"We are now worried that our children may not be recognised by the country's education system later on. We hope they will be allowed to study in the normal programme, not the afternoon programme," the parent said.

The 36 afternoon-class students had to do extracurricular activities such as sport days on their own and could not participate in activities arranged for the rest of the pupils.

"It's very discriminatory," the parent added.

Sakda met with the parents and told them he would further discuss the matter with them tomorrow.

School director Suwat Wiwattananon said he had done his best to ensure the afternoon class had all benefits other students have. "But the Office of the Basic Education Commission has never had a regulation for afternoon-programme students before. So, we have to wait for Obec orders before we proceed with any official action related to these students," he explained.

He denied a parent's claim that he promised to admit the afternoon students into normal courses.

Obec secretary general Chinnapat Bhumirat said his agency was looking into things. "We have to determine whether the school has enough teachers and rooms to do so," he said.

On hearing that the 36 had not yet received their student ID cards, Chinnapat said the parents should have come to his office for help. "Why didn't they come to Obec?" he said.
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