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Sarasas School Promises Measures to Prevent and Compensate Assault Cases

Kanokwan Vilawan, Vice Minister of Education
Kanokwan Vilawan, Vice Minister of Education

After being at the center of a child abuse scandal and meeting with the Ministry of Education, Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School in Nonthaburi Province promises to implement new measures to prevent future cases of abuse.

Kanokwan Vilawan, Vice Minister of Education, said that the school representatives reached an agreement with the Ministry last Wednesday. In these discussions, the institution also agreed to pay compensation that includes reimbursement of fees and payment of medical costs.

Besides, the school authorities indicated that they would make a stricter evaluation of the members of the teaching staff.

Kanokwan Vilawan also indicated that the school administration has proposed solutions both for students who will continue studying at the school and for those who leave for other academic institutions.

Piboon Yongkamol, the president of Sarasas schools

Piboon Yongkamol, the president of Sarasas schools

For those who choose to stay, the school will refund all fees of the 2020 school year for all abused students. Besides, they will pay for mental counseling and medical treatment if necessary.

Moreover, the school promised to install surveillance cameras throughout its facilities so that parents can monitor their children in their dining room and consented to show the qualification certificates of all teachers.

On the other hand, Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School will issue certificates for students who decide to go to another institution. Also, it will reimburse this year’s fees and take care of the expenses derived from the physical and mental treatment of abused children.

The Vice-Minister of Education also reported that they have created a committee to monitor and verify the compensation process. This group is made up of the Permanent Secretary of Education, parents and provincial educational authorities, and representatives of the Department of Health.

Footage of a teacher physically assaulting a kindergarten child in the presence of other staff members

Footage of a teacher physically assaulting a kindergarten child in the presence of other staff members

Earlier in the week, the Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School made headlines in the nation’s most significant news by broadcasting a video showing a teacher physically assaulting a kindergarten child in the presence of other staff members.

Concerning this, the parents clamored for action and threatened to withdraw the children from the popular and expensive school.

A representative from the school, Pisut Yongkamol, said the management had no excuses, and he apologized for the incidents.

Conclusively, he vowed to quickly solve the problem and improve the selection of teachers and assistants.

The school also indicated that it would watch over the children’s diet and send a menu one week in advance for approval. Its representatives also reported that all teachers, both Thai and foreign, will undergo a mental health test.