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Call to include rights instruction
- Subject: Call to include rights instruction
- From: suriya@xxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 04 Nov 1998 00:30:00
Subject: Call to include rights instruction in bill
October 31, 1998
Call to include
rights instruction in
Abhisit appointed panel chairman
Human rights advocates yesterday called on an ad hoc committee
scrutinising the National Education Bill to include human rights
education in it.
In a letter to the committee chairman, PM's Office Minister Abhisit
Vejjajiva, a coalition of 18 child rights support groups and other
non-governmental organisations led by Veera Namsiripong demanded
that the right to proper education by individuals and communities be
recognised by the bill.
Human rights education should cover the right to a variety of education
provided by the state, the right to financial support and other education
resources from the state, the right of the disabled to receive full
assistance from the state for their development and the right to
participate in education committees at all levels.
The 45-man extraordinary education committee met yesterday for the
first time to examine the bill which sailed through the first reading in the
Mr Abhisit was appointed chairman at the meeting yesterday, with
Chart Thai MP Kanjana Silpa-archa as committee spokesman.
Mr Abhisit said he has no objection to the proposal that the public
take part in the scrutinising process but he will have to discuss the
matter with the committee.
However, he said, concerned parties can forward their suggestions to
a sub-committee gathering information and opinions chaired by
Lipanon Katetat. Any recommendations will be passed on to the
committee for consideration.
Deputy Education Minister Somsak Prisananantakul said he believed
the bill will be just right.
The bill will overhaul the whole education system and put the students
in the centre of the learning process, he said.
Mr Somsak also urged parents to be more flexible with their children's
education choices and give them the support they deserve.
Meanwhile, more than 150 university administrators met yesterday at a
seminar to discuss the development of an international study
programme to attract both Thai and overseas students.
Representatives from both the state-run and privately-run colleges also
agreed to set up a committee to work on the curriculum and
instructions of the programme in line with the University Affairs
Ministry's policy to turn Thailand into an education hub.
The committee is being chaired by Thong-in Wongsothorn and most of
its members are from universities and colleges offering international
programmes. The international programme, known as Joint Degree
Programme, will provide courses in Science and Technology, Social
Science Humanities and Health Science.
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