On September 30th 2013, at the Jamjuri Hall, Phuket Merlin Hotel, Chief Executive of PPAO – Mr Paiboon Upattising, together with Director of Phuket Primary Educational Service Area Office – Mr Chalam Thathatham and Chairman of Phuket Primary Education Office – Mr Bantoon Thongtan jointly chaired a meeting entitled “Model for Participation in Educational Quality Development”. Other participants at the meeting included Advisor to Chief Executive of PPAO – Mr Boonserm Suwanaratphoum, Vice Chief Administration Officer of PPAO – Mr Watcharin Pathomwattanaphong, President of PPAO Council – Mr Pradit Sangchan, PPAO Council members, the chiefs of 19 local government offices, 3 representatives from each of the island’s municipality and Tambon Administration Organizations offices, and administrative staff from 49 of Phuket’s primary schools. Altogether, there were 106 attendants at the meeting.
The meeting was held in relation to a project initiated by Phuket Primary Educational Service Area Office and the local administrative offices during the 2013 fiscal year. The project, entitled “Model for Participation in Educational Quality Development Project” has been initiated to help increase the role played by local administrative agencies in increasing the quality of education in Phuket. Other objectives include encouraging exchanges of views about changes and results arising out of previous meetings, and also suggesting guidelines as to how coordination between various education and local administrative agencies might work.
Chief Executive of PPAO – Mr Paiboon Upattising said: “Having held meetings with the directors of various educational offices, I realise that their constructive ideas always led to a quality management that increased the quality of education in Phuket schools. As a result, PPAO earmarked the budget and offered a chance for the directors to undertake study trips to Taiwan. Many directors have come back and initiated projects in schools such as the sorting of recyclable garbage, which helps create community awareness. Students from Phuket Panyanukul School are now separating their rubbish, and I have found the study trips to be worthwhile.
“Phuket is now faced with many problems, in previous years there were only 3-4 million tourists, but now they number has increased to 10 millions. There are 3 to 4-fold increases in the number of migrant workers from other provinces, with children in tow. Therefore, all the schools in Phuket are subscribed up to their maximum capacity. Day care centers for pre-school children are always enlarging their spaces. The budget we receive from the central government is calculated in accordance with the official census. People who move here from other provinces do not register their domicile in Phuket. Therefore, we still have the same amount of staff to cope with increases in a number of problems.”
Mr Paiboon continued: “The main feature of Phuket is that we have five-star hotels in every area. If you can invite them to join forces with you, you will be empowered no end. Therefore, for the next meeting, I would like to see participation from private sectors. If we could all pinpoint the problems together, we can always solve them. Many times we have actually solved problems using the measures suggested during the meetings. I believe that many schools realize that Phuket’s main resources come from tourism; therefore conservation of environment is of paramount importance. Teachers will have to vigorously teach this awareness to your pupils and make them appreciate our country. My guidelines to all schools within the remit of PPAO are to teach your pupils to be positive, ethical, and admire those who practice good deeds, which will empower the pupils and create goodwill. I’d like teachers to preach community spirit a lot, and make sure the students use their time effectively and can work in teams. We in Phuket are lucky that our elderly relatives, even our grandparents, always understand and instill in us the value of education. If we can build a network of participation, we will not only increase the quality of our education but our communities will also benefit. Therefore I urge you all to point out problems and offer ways to solve them as best you can.”