Si Ri Panya International School announced this week they have received their license from the Thai Ministry of Education and will open as the first official international school on Koh Phangan on September 4.
In an important first for the Gulf island, a ferry ride from Koh Samui or the mainland, the school is now licensed to teach a full international British curriculum for primary aged children from 5-12 years old. Local Thai owner, Wijetson Bunchuoy, his British wife, Nicola, and founding head, Lisa Lennon, were delighted to announce the important step forward this week after a long process and many years of dedicated work in developing the school.
Thai Director Aunchisa Pumtong said: “I am proud that the children of Koh Phangan now have an opportunity to study an international education here on our island. There is high demand already with nearly 100 children already enrolled ready to start in September.”
Mrs Bunchuoy, who first came to Koh Phangan fifteen years ago and later married her Thai husband, says the rewards aren’t financial.
“The reward is in knowing the difference we can make in children’s lives and the new opportunities we can bring to the island and give back to the community. As part of this effort Si Ri Panya is also planning to expand the current scholarship program for local island families.”
“We have a modern education philosophy that focuses on developing a love of learning and educates the whole person; mind, body and spirit, for a healthy body, inquisitive mind and a spirit of integrity that will help young people to make a positive difference in this world as our future global leaders.”
The opening of the island’s first official international school not only gives island families greater educational choice, but also allows Koh Phangan to compete with locations such as Phuket and Samui for international and national talent.
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Relatives claim British pensioner was mistreated and starved by Thai family
Relatives of an 86 year old British war veteran claim he endured starvation and mistreatment at the hands of his Thai family in Samut Sakhon, central Thailand. After receiving medical clearance, the man was flown home to the UK yesterday on an Eva Air flight.
A report in Thai Visa says the man, named only as “Ron”, was rescued after family members started crowdfunding to get him home. Relatives claim that despite money being taken from his pension fund, Ron only had a bed made from pallets to sleep on and was always starving due to a lack of adequate food and water.
Expat Declan James Theodore, responded to a plea for assistance posted by Ron’s family on an expat forum and went to pick Ron up at the property where he was living. It’s understood the family he shared the house with did not object to him being taken away. Ron was initially taken to a resort in Hua Hin while his family continued to fundraise and obtain the medical clearance needed to get him home. It’s understood he suffers with a serious spinal problem.
Ron’s daughter, Marion Phillips, spoke to Thai Visa about her father, who first moved to Thailand seven years ago following the death of his partner. He was initially living in Udon, northeast Thailand, but moved to Samut Sakhon at the request of a woman he had struck up a relationship with.
“He got friendly with another Thai lady and was happy living in Udon, but she wanted him to move about a year ago and that is when things went very wrong for my dad. He wasn’t cared for very well and was always starving. He would give her his bank card to get food, but he never had enough food or water. He was being very mistreated and lost so much weight. I don’t really know the Thai woman but he never married.”
Meanwhile, Ron says he still loves Thailand.
“I am very relieved and happy to be going home. I’m still crying. I still love Thailand and I want to come back – I have a dog here that I love very much. But I am not going to get involved with any Thai women again”.
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The Department of Land Transport has declared a moratorium on the issuing of new driving licences until the emergency decree ends (currently scheduled to end on May 31). Thai Residents reports that DLT Director General Jirut Wisarnjit says the recent extension to the emergency decree means services will not re-open from May 7 as planned.
“The decision has been taken in order to cooperate with ongoing measures to halt the spread of the Covid-19 virus and protect DLT staff and members of the public.”
Drivers whose licences expire between January 2 and May 31 are being granted an extension, with relevant authorities, including the Royal Thai Police and the Office of Insurance Commission, already notified. The Insurance Commission is asked to ensure affected drivers can still make a claim following an accident and the Royal Thai Police are requested to allow drivers with licences that expired on January 2 or later to continue driving.
It’s understood that once normal service resumes, those who have already booked to sit a driving test or renew their existing licence will be given priority. The DLT adds that all existing safety and hygiene protocols will continue to be observed.
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