School Agrees Compensation for Children & Parents Affected by Teacher Abuse

Teacher Fired for Hitting Students

Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School has agreed to pay compensation to children and parents affected by teacher abuse.

At the Ministry of Education, Deputy Education Minister Kanokwan Vilawan, her adviser Kamol Rodkhlai, and secretary-general of the Office of the Private Education Commission Attapon Truektrong yesterday met the school’s representative to discuss abuses against kindergarten students by the school’s education personnel.

At the meeting, it was agreed the school will give refunds for tuition and other fees in the 2020 academic year to both abused students, who will continue to study at the school and others who plan to leave to attend other schools. The school will also pay for medical treatment for physical and psychological damage to the students.

The school will install surveillance cameras so parents will be able to monitor their children in its canteen. It will also show all teachers’ certificates of qualification.

The deputy minister has ordered a panel to be set up to follow up on the progress of solutions to the abuse against students and other issues at the school.

“I will follow up on all complaints submitted by the parents,” she said.

Consisting of the permanent secretary for education and representatives of the Department of Mental Health, the panel will closely monitor the rehabilitation of the affected students and their parents.

Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek, a large private school in Pak Kret district, Nonthaburi, hit the headlines after video recordings posted on social media showed an unqualified teacher physically abusing a kindergarten pupil while her assistants watched.

The teacher sacked over the incident reported to police on Tuesday to acknowledge charges of physically abusing a child and breaching the Teachers Act.

A 25-year-old Filipino teacher at the school was also charged this week with assaulting pupils.

School executives yesterday held a press conference to apologise to parents, saying they would take full responsibility.

Pisut Yongkamol, one of the school’s executives, said he had instructed all schools in the Sarasas group to set up a complaints centre and vowed to improve the school’s management and make sure that its staff comply with the principle of good governance.

“I’m so sorry for all that happened,” he said. “After we learnt about what occurred, we were shocked. We never thought such things would have happened at the school. Sarasas has been clear on its anti-bullying policy.”

Another school executive, Sutthipong Yongkamol, said Sarasas schools would reform their structure and overhaul management.

Sarasas group executive Sayomporn Thongnuadee said qualified elementary teachers have been sent to replace teachers at Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek.