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Ovec calls for tech school scholarships
« on: April 30, 2013, 01:41:56 PM »
The Office of the Vocational Education Commission (Ovec) is urging the government to set a scholarship scheme specifically for vocational students.

Ovec secretary-general Chaiyapruek Serirak said the office had found most vocational students failed to secure bursaries under the government's One District One Scholarship (Odos) scheme.

Odos was launched during the Thaksin Shinawatra administration and is now in its fourth round.

So far, 928 scholarships have been awarded to ordinary Mathayom 6 (Grade 12) students or their equivalent, including those from vocational schools, and another 928 for students at the same level from poor families with an annual income of less than 200,000 baht.

Applicants from both categories must demonstrate good academic performance to prove they are capable of studying for a bachelor's degree in this country or overseas.

This year, only 137 out of about 20,000 applicants passed the written test which qualifies them to sit for an interview exam.

Mr Chaiyapruek said fewer than 10 vocational students applied for the scheme, and not one passed the written test.

"There should be a state grant open only to vocational students to strengthen their chances of scholarships for higher education," Mr Chaiyapruek said.

Ovec is proposing a "One Province, One Scholarship for Vocational Students" scheme be included in the next Odos round. If approved, 77 scholarships, or one for each province, would be offered to vocational students to pursue bachelor's degrees or advanced diplomas locally or overseas in 13 subject areas.

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