PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) has earmarked more than 140 million baht for upgrading education, and a further 40 million baht for developing tourism in Phuket. OrBorJor President Dr Prasit Koeysiripong explained, “It’s our policy this year to focus on education, the environment and tourism – particularly education, which deserves more funding because, in the past, the budget was too low to allow for development. “Next year, at least 60% of the schools in Phuket must have computers. Some schools will also have their libraries improved.” In addition, he added, a number of schools have been chosen for a pilot project to upgrade them to “high potential” schools, with the aim of spreading students out across the island, rather than have them massed in urban areas. “We are also discussing with Rajabhat Phuket Institute the possibility of sending lecturers abroad for further study in subjects that are useful for the island, such as the hospitality industry, agricultural technology, English and information technology.
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