School ‘faked birth certificates’ to claim state funding
A well-known private school in Kanchaburi province has allegedly faked birth certificates to claim state subsidies from the government.
Due to the free-education policy, the government provides subsidies to both state and private schools to ensure that parents do not have to pay tuition fees. Students of private schools may be charged more for other fees related to educational services.
In Kanchaburi, 24 private schools have asked for state subsidies via the Office of Private Education Commission. These schools altogether have 16,650 students. Each month, the state subsidies for them are about Bt14million. For a kindergarten pupil, state subsidies are Bt10,010.50 per head per year. For a primary student, state subsidies are Bt10,180.50 per year.
The province’s education office has investigated all these 24 schools after finding Amnuayvit Kanchanaburi School, which is famous locally, allegedly used forged birth certificates to illegitimately claim about Bt20,000 from the government.
The Kanchanaburi Education Office has lodged a complaint with police against the school’s licence holder, director and manager.
“I have received the results of a preliminary probe. Now, the probe will go back in years to determine if the school has been involved in irregularities in the past,” he said.
Kanchanaburi Governor Jirakiat Bhumisawasdi said yesterday that relevant authorities had also planned to file a civil lawsuit to get compensation.