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Minister calls for all complaints against Sarasas schools to be monitored amid abuse allegations

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The Education Minister, Nataphol Teepsuwan, is asking the Office of the Private Education Commission to closely monitor all complaints filed against all Sarasas Witaed School branches around the country. Nation Thailand reports that 34 out of 42 have had complaints filed against them.

Allegations of abuse first emerged when the actions of an abusive teacher at a branch of the school in the central province of Nonthaburi, just north of central Bangkok, were captured on CCTV. A teacher, Ornuma Plodprong, was captured on video pushing students to the ground, banging their heads against their desks, and twisting their ears until they cried out in pain.

Additional complaints made against several other branches of the private school allege harsh punishment, the charging of fees not sanctioned by the Education Ministry, and the use of unqualified teachers. An investigation by immigration police also caught one Filipino national working illegally at the Nonthaburi branch. The school was also accused of using babysitters as teachers. If proven, the Education Minister says the school director could face 3 years’ imprisonment, while the ‘babysitters’ could get 2 years.

Nataphol says Education Ministry rules forbid teachers from using physical punishment, pointing out that the only permissible forms of punishment include probation, reducing test scores, and corrective activities. Netizens who’ve taken to social media to criticise the abuse say it’s only one part of a wider problem with the Thai education system.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Kenneth Brewster

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 11:19 am

    Children go to school for education, not to receive physical punishment and especially in front of their peers. The onlooking children must have been frightened and wondering whether they were next for the “treatment” As for the teachers who simply watched, I wonder whether it would have been the same if it was their own children being dragged around.
    Should I have had children at that school, I would have removed them immediately.

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    Anonymous

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    If people didn’t have to worry about ‘defamation’ laws all that’s wrong would have been exposed a long time ago…ask any former employee Thai/Foreigner

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    Syed abuzar raza

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    I want to lodge a complaint regarding payment matter of the school. Please help me

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