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2 international schools in Bangkok have been busted for breaking various laws. The Secretary of the Office of the National Primary Education Commission, Attaphol Treuktrong, said that his office is pursuing legal actions against the 2 international schools after it was determined the schools broke laws. The schools are the Foster International School in Thon Buri and the St. Mark’s School in Suan Luang.

Foster’s school was allegedly discovered to be employing 6 teachers that did not have work permits. Thai media says the teachers incriminated themselves by being caught while teaching. Region 6 officers from the Bangkok Labour Department caught the alleged teacher criminals. They also say the building had regulations there were being ignored.

Then, at St. Mark’s school, officials determined that the school only had permission to have a kindergarten for its first 3 years of being open. The school allegedly had primary and secondary levels without permission. The school has been ordered to halt new admissions as of earlier last week. Thai media says the criminal activity allegedly taking place at these institutions is part of a wider investigation they have into international schools following the cessation of onsite education.

The officials anticipate breaking up more criminal activity as time goes on as schools are struggling amidst the Covid pandemic. Attaphol adds that parents should refer to his organisation’s website if they have any questions as to whether the schools they send their children to are breaking any laws.

SOURCE: Channel 7 news ASEAN Now

 

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