The Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (ONACC) and the Basic Education
Commission (Obec) has agreed to revise
regulations involving admissions for primary and high school students for the
upcoming academic year.
Worawit Sukboon, Secretary General of the National Anti-Corruption Commission, said the
move is in line with the cabinet's resolution to acknowledge the National Anti-Corruption Commission's (NACC) recent recommendation to the
Education Ministry to implement bribery prevention measures regarding new
According to Mr Worawit, the number of conditions under
which schools can admit students for special reasons has been reduced from
seven to four.
The Obec board also agreed to revise the criteria for the
admission of students in the schools' catchment areas.
Those who can be admitted for special reasons must be students
under the patronage of donors of school lands, students from poor or
underprivileged families, students whose parents made sacrifices for victims of disasters, and
students whose parents are teachers or school personnel.
The students who will be enrolled in the catchment areas
must have lived in the area for at least two years before 16 May 2019 and those
who are found to have lied about this will be dismissed.
The amendments are being made to solve the problem of "Pair Jia or kickback money parents give
to schools for their students admission.
The change to the school admission guidelines will not
affect the coming admission season during 23-27 March.
The NACC pointed out that it is crucial to ensure that there
are amendments made to Obecs school administration regulations to prevent bribery.