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60 million baht budget to solve perennial flooding on Thepkasattri road

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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At a meeting held yesterday (May 16) at the Governor’s House, the perennial flooding around Thalang on the main morth/south road was discussed. The meeting was chaired by Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong.

Governor Norraphat says, “We have received a 60 million baht budget for the year 2019 to solve flooding problems in three areas on the main Thepkrasattri Road (No 402). Baan Pa Krong Cheep in Thalang, in front of Muang Thalang School and in front of Thai Watsadu hardware store.”

“Local administrative offices will have to dredge drains on the road side and workers will have to clean the road if they drop soil to prevent accidents. Safety will be number one priority during the works.”

“The plan to solve the flooding problem in front of the main Super Cheap store has also been added into the 230 million baht plan in the year 2020. Water pumps will be installed to remove water in the rainy season. If the flooding is more than 80 millimetres high  officials will immediately block the road. But we would be confident the new pumps will stop the flooding problem in this area.”

“The Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA) is also working on installing more censor systems to warn of flooding and water levels at Bang Yai Canal in order to prepare for heavy rain.”

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Hands-on schooling setting an example in Chiang Mai

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by Chularat Saengpassa

PHOTO: Padungkiat Jaiwong, far left, and fellow barbers of the “HK Barber” salon at Wat Huai Kaew School in Chiang Mai’s Mae On district show off their haircutting equipment.

“Take me to your heart, Take me to your soul. Give me your hand before I’m old, Show me what love is, haven’t got a clue, Show me that wonders can be true.”

15 year old Padungkiat Jaiwong is proud of his rendition of the Michael Learns to Rock hit, and said he was inspired to study the English language after his teacher encouraged him to start singing Western hits. In fact, he has even won a contest singing in English.

Apart from showing off his language skills to the visitors from the Equitable Education Fund, Padungkiat also displayed his talents in hairstyling.

“He is a living proof of what impact teachers and a good school can have on children,” EEF president Prasarn Trairatvorakul said.

Padungkiat, like many other children across the country, was at the risk of dropping out of school due to his family’s dire financial status. Previously, Padunkiat used to sneak out of his Wat Huai Kaew School in Chiang Mai’s Mae On district to play at a waterfall nearby with his friends. Truants, if ignored, usually drop out of school and miss out on a bright future.

Luckily, the Wat Huai Kaew School never took its 254 students for granted, and all 40 members of the teaching staff took it upon themselves to ensure these children have a good future. So, every year, the teachers make time to visit the home of every student, so they can learn more about the child and come up with a specific solution for the problems he or she faces.

“We learned that some students simply skip class because they cannot follow what is being taught. For them, I think vocational skills would be more useful, so I encourage them to take haircutting classes,” teacher Phimrada Songchueb explained.

Padungkiat and his friends have now been successfully running the HK Barber salon, offering students haircuts for 5 to 10 baht each. The earnings are split between the young barbers and the school, which provides the equipment.

“Our young barbers spend their earnings on educational trips,” Phimrada said.

Despite being a teacher, Phimrada usually treats her students like friends, so she can learn about their problems and perspectives.

“You will get a different answer if you ask questions like a teacher,” she said.

Teacher Phimrada Songchueb

According to her, children in the provinces usually fall silent when asked about their dreams because they don’t really know what they should want. Most of them are from poor families and for them the most common form of making a living is by working in farms or taking odd jobs. That’s why Phimrada has been trying to expose her students to different vocations, and also helps look for scholarships so they can further their studies at vocational colleges. Also, thanks to Phimrada, students like Padungkiat are allowed to spend nights in school from Monday to Friday as part of a special deal for children who need extra help and live quite far away.

Phimrada said after Padungkiat started living in school he was no longer absent during the rainy season.

“I don’t think he is at risk of becoming a dropout anymore,” she said.

Padungkiat has earned the nickname of “Sodsai” (bright and cheerful) in school because this term describes his character and life now. He now enjoys studying, working at the HK Barber and singing songs in English. Though he cannot understand every word he sings, he says it is fun and it is encouraging him to try harder in English class. His new found talent is also giving him hope that maybe he could earn some extra cash as a singer, while furthering his studies at a vocational college in the near future.

EEF chief Prasarn said this school has proved that having the right teachers was more important than money when it comes to child development.

“Wat Huai Kaew School pays attention to all aspects of the children,” he said.

Principal Opart Intasan said teachers have been visiting their students’ homes for more than two decades already.

Principal Opart Intasan

“These visits are important, as it allows the teachers to see their students’ living conditions and also to know more about them,” Opart said.

For instance, he said, the teachers once visited a child at home to find out why he could not understand what was on the blackboard.

“In the visit, the teachers learned that the child had some eye problems. So, the teacher had the child moved to the front row and started using new techniques in the classroom,” Opart said.

Opart Under his leadership, the Wat Huai Kaew School tries to help the students as much as it can. For instance, if a teacher finds out that a student doesn’t have a mosquito net at home, the school will look for donors on Facebook.

“That way, we can get mosquito nets for our student,” the headmaster said.

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Motorbike driver killed in Thepkasattri road

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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A motorbike driver has died after colliding with a pickup truck last night (August 20).

The incident happened near the new Honda Marine showrooms and offices on Thepkrasattri road, southbound, at about 11.45pm last night.

Rescue workers and police arrived at the scene to find a damaged motorbike on the road. Nearby they found the body of a motorbike driver who was later identified as 20 year old Nakarin Noognern from Phang Nga.

Nearby was a pickup truck. The 24 year old driver, Satawat Raksamerwong from Udon Thani, was waiting for police.

Police say that Nakarin was driving his motorbike at high speed heading from Thalang towards Phuket Town. Satawat was driving the pickup and allegedly cut across the path of the motorbike.

Khun Nakarin wasn’t wearing a helmet and no alcohol or drugs were not detected on Satawat following a drug test. Police are yet to press charges at this stage.

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