Connect with us


No order to ‘erase’ Thaksin from Phuket textbooks – yet



PHUKET: No orders have been issued to Phuket officials to remove mathayom history textbooks that mark Thaksin Shinawatra, the first prime minister in Thailand’s history to lead an elected government through a full term in office.

However, Mr Thaksin has been erased from the history presented in textbooks that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has recently ordered to be used in mathayom courses.

“The officials at the ministry just deleted it,” the textbook’s author, Thanom Anarmwat, told The New York Times.

Nonetheless, there will be no changes in Phuket schools for the time being, confirmed Tatchavetch Junsuksri, who heads the Secondary Education Area Office for Phuket, Phang Nga and Ranong.

“We don’t know exactly which textbooks include the history of Thaksin. I’ve tried to find out, but the details aren’t clear at this point,” he told the Phuket Gazette today.

Many different textbooks have been authorized by the Ministry of Education to be used for the mathayom curriculum, Mr Tatchavetch noted.

“We will wait for a direct order from the Ministry of Education. Until then, Phuket schools will use their current texts.”

Mr Thaksin’s policies are regularly cited as the root for the political divide in Thailand, leading to the coup in 2006 and the coup on May 22 this year.

Following his ousting in September 2006, Mr Thaksin left the country and has since remained in self-imposed exile.

The former premier still faces a two-year jail sentence if he returns to Thailand, after being convicted in absentia on a conflict-of-interest charge.

— Natthaphol Wittayarungrote


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand44 mins ago

Thailand to consider Chinese engines for S26T Yuan submarine

Weather60 mins ago

Tropical storm ‘Mulan’ to hit several provinces of Thailand between August 11-13

Pattaya1 hour ago

Pattaya’s tourist busses are back at the floating market, but missing Chinese

Sponsored3 hours ago

LASIK eye surgery with state-of-the-art procedures in Thailand

Phuket2 hours ago

TikTok post accuses Phuket restaurant of unfair, unlisted prices

Krabi2 hours ago

Whale shark washed up on a Krabi beach in Thailand

Thailand2 hours ago

Thailand introduces fine for not wearing seat belt in the back seat

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Eastern Thailand2 hours ago

Baby’s birthday party turns violent in eastern Thailand

Thailand2 hours ago

Thailand’s new narcotics laws offers drug offenders treatment

Thailand3 hours ago

Toad travels from Thailand to Wales in student’s suitcase

Crime3 hours ago

Thai stunt director released from Myanmar

Economy3 hours ago

US’s Chips & Science Act good news for Thailand’s car industry

Thailand4 hours ago

CCSA to consider extending Thailand tourist visa to 45 days | GMT

Visa19 hours ago

CCSA to consider extending Thailand tourist visa on arrival to 45 days

Bangkok19 hours ago

Man caught taking drugs inside a Bangkok police booth didn’t give a crap

Thailand19 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Thailand no longer considers Covid “dangerous infectious disease” 

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism1 year ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11